dud

noun
\ ˈdəd How to pronounce dud (audio) \

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

dud

adjective

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

The new mosquitoes carry bacteria that make them produce dud eggs. Maggie Fox /, NBC News, "Miami's new mosquitoes carry sterility bug," 31 Jan. 2018 The dud of a storm that dribbled through Boston on Thursday had been dubbed by the Storm Hype Industrial Complex as the Four’easter, a catchy, marketable name for the fourth nor’easter of the month. Mark Arsenault, BostonGlobe.com, "Four’easter turns into fake storm," 22 Mar. 2018 Rent the Runway, Tulerie, and similar platforms let people rent designer duds for a day or two. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Airbnb will start designing — and selling — homes," 30 Nov. 2018 Shares in Tencent, the Chinese giant which has delivered years of explosive returns, have been a dud this year due to concerns about a slowdown in the mobile-gaming market. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Another Tech Sector Optical Illusion Is Shattered," 14 Aug. 2018 But his foray into national politics was an incredible dud; his 2016 presidential campaign burned through its scant fundraising cash early and Walker dropped out of the running in September 2015, his operation nearly broke. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The race to unseat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Democrats’ white whale, explained," 13 Aug. 2018 But any duds would leave an area littered with unexploded ordnance, something that's happened to London before. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Are Airports Going to Do About Drones?," 9 Jan. 2019 The grenade set off a thunderous secondary explosion, perhaps by detonating the dud, a suicide vest or other munitions the Taliban stored in the tunnel. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 The Duchess of Sussex had the priciest duds by a landslide, with her new purchases reportedly adding up to $508,258. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Had the Most Expensive Royal Wardrobe in 2018—By a Landslide," 6 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of dud

Noun

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dud

Noun

Middle English dudde

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dud

noun

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

dud

adjective

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

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

dud

noun
\ ˈdəd How to pronounce dud (audio) \

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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