fud

noun
\ ˈfəd How to pronounce fud (audio) \
plural fuds

Definition of fud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal
: 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

Definition of FUD (Entry 2 of 2)

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: Noun On Telegram accounts, repeat fud spreaders are booted out. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fud.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of fud

Noun

1913, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About fud

Dictionary Entries Near fud

FUD

fud

fuddle

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for fud

Cite this Entry

“Fud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fud. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!