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Definition of dud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 duds plural
b : personal belongings
2a : one that is ineffectual also : failure a box-office dud
b : misfit
3 : a bomb or missile that fails to explode

Definition of dud (Entry 2 of 2)

: of little or no worth : valueless dud checks

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Examples of dud in a Sentence

Noun The seeds must have been duds because the plants never grew. She put on her new duds for the party.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Yearly Sale is one, with up to 50% off designer duds for men, women, kids and home. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "All the best after-Christmas sales to shop before the new year starts," 27 Dec. 2019 About a dozen new series and documentaries were available at launch and if nothing’s entirely unmissable yet, there are no duds, either. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Four reasons Disney Plus is the future by embracing its past," 12 Nov. 2019 The great catastrophic threat of our time turned out to be a colossal dud. Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, "‘Here We Go. The Chaos Is Starting’: An Oral History of Y2K," 27 Dec. 2019 But a dud, low-turnout election won’t deliver the protest movement much on its own. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Algeria’s election is a vote few actually want," 11 Dec. 2019 Which means, even with a dud second-half performance, there’s still plenty to be bullish about in regards to the Broncos’ secondary. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "One bad half hasn’t shaken the confidence of a Broncos passing defense that remains highly ranked in the NFL," 20 Nov. 2019 In what was a battle for first in the NFC East and a pivotal game that would put the victor in the driver’s seat in the division, Philly dropped a dud, losing to the Cowboys, 37-10. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Week 7 winners, losers: Aaron Rodgers now in MVP race; Mitchell Trubisky looks lost," 21 Oct. 2019 Philip Morris-owner Altria's nearly $13 billion purchase of a 35% stake in Juul Labs could turn out to be an expensive dud amid growing health and regulatory concerns around vaping. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Is Altria's $13 billion investment in Juul going up in smoke?," 23 Sep. 2019 On Saturday Boston had a rare dud against the considerably undermanned Raptors. BostonGlobe.com, "Six of them came during an important stretch at the start of the fourth quarter. The Hornets, who lingered for much of the night without ever really appearing to be a threat, pulled within 80-75 in the opening minute of the final period.," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of dud


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dud


Middle English dudde

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7 Feb 2020

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“Dud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dud?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=dud00001. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that does not do what it is supposed to do : something that is a complete failure
informal : clothes

English Language Learners Definition of dud (Entry 2 of 2)

used to describe something that fails completely or does not work properly


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Kids Definition of dud

1 : a complete failure The party was a dud.
2 : a bomb or missile that fails to explode
3 duds plural : clothing

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