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plural fuds
: an old-fashioned, unimaginative, or pompous person : fuddy-duddy
… he thinks the old man is a plodder—a fud who never had the nerve to go anywhere or do anything.Pauline Kael
… a public figure whose private, one-on-one or small-group personality was … startlingly different from the fud that is projected on television.Meg Greenfield
She greeted Pug with just enough deference to acknowledge that he was Warren's father, and just enough sparkle to hint that he was no old fud for all that, but an attractive man himself.Herman Wouk


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fear, uncertainty, doubt

Examples of fud in a Sentence

Noun a stagnant company that has been run by some old fuds for far too long
Recent Examples on the Web
On Telegram accounts, repeat fud spreaders are booted out. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use


1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fud was in 1913

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“Fud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fud. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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