\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

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 Officials quickly called the bomb disposal unit to remove and dispose of the 3 inch caliber dud tank artillery shell. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "American tourist takes unexploded World War II shell to Vienna Airport," 12 July 2018 An attempt to freshen up the cabinet in January flopped, when Mrs May proved too weak to force some dud ministers out of their jobs. The Economist, "A quiet revolution in Theresa May’s cabinet," 12 July 2018 Could a dud and imbalanced 2019 postseason be enough to nudge the NBA towards change on this issue? Ben Golliver, SI.com, "2018 NBA Free Agency: The Early Winners And Losers," 5 July 2018 This is not the place for designer duds because the critters often regard clothing as chewing gum. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Arizona road trip: Williams has Route 66, Bearizona and cool summer fun," 15 June 2018 The Silicon Valley company has been both the darling and dud of Wall Street. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "What Chicago can expect from working with Tesla's Elon Musk: A delayed, cash-guzzling success," 14 June 2018 Veteran IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan predicts dud at TMS Johnny Sauter wins truck race No. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Scott Dixon turns in dominant showing at Texas Motor Speedway; that's hardly 'boring'," 9 June 2018 Civilians are often the unwitting bomb detectors for mines and duds left over from past conflicts. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "How a 1,000-pound WWII bomb was pulled out of the ground without exploding," 1 Feb. 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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