\ˈdəd \

Definition of dud 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 duds plural

a : clothing

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


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

Some wear thousand-dollar designer duds (i.e. Rihanna), and some seem to be impervious to 90-degree heat and wear long layers in the searing sun (also Rihanna). Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Levi's Cutoff Shorts Were the Ultimate Coachella Clothing Item (Hint: Beyoncé)," 18 Apr. 2018 Tony Gwynn, who wore a kaleidoscope of Pads duds, preferred brown in the team’s color scheme. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "What stubborn Padres can learn from SDSU retaining Aztecs affiliation," 18 May 2018 Cristina, the blogger beyond Remodelando La Casa, had the kitchen island equivalent of a bad boyfriend: Nice to have around in theory, but upon closer inspection, something of a dud. Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping, "A Builder Grade Island Gets a Stylish Storage Makeover," 24 May 2015 When you're done, place a small flat bag filled with underwear and socks on top of your duds. Ashley Niedringhaus, Redbook, "How to Pack for a Vacation in a Hurry," 21 Feb. 2012 Wait 20 minutes, then put the dud in a water bucket. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "How to Stay Safe While Setting Off Fireworks This July 4th," 4 July 2018 But that came after turning in duds in four of his first five starts. Casey L Moore, USA TODAY, "Biggest surprises -- good or bad -- one month into MLB season," 30 Apr. 2018 He's made a lot of great decisions, however, too many duds in the past few years. SI.com, "BVB Legend & Sporting Director Michael Zorc Agrees Renewed Contract Until 2021," 26 Mar. 2018 Amid those duds, the album delivers four epic tracks, all excellent and all pushing past the 10-minute mark. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Deafheaven review: A duel between catharsis and melodrama on 'Ordinary Corrupt Human Love'," 13 July 2018

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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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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

duds : 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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