- clothes, especially a suit of clothes.
- belongings in general.
Origin of duds
- a device, person, or enterprise that proves to be a failure.
- a shell or missile that fails to explode after being fired.
Origin of dud
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Examples from the Web for duds
But the jokes flow at such a torrential pace that duds are soon forgotten; the best are even Spamalot-worthy.‘Galavant’: A Drunken, Horny Musical Fairy Tale
January 5, 2015
There were a number of high-profile men in her life who turned out to be duds.Rita Moreno, SAG Life Achievement Award Winner, Talks Brando, Elvis And West Side Story
January 15, 2014
Both leads and other Dan Coopers have turned out to be duds.The Hunt for D.B. Cooper
August 3, 2011
Duds also pose problems for farmers, who leave their harvest for fear of going into the fields.Clinton's Cluster Bomb Hypocrisy
April 16, 2011
But you ought to get warm and dry right off, I s'pose, and your duds are all up to the depot.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
I built a fire in the rusty cook stove and dried his duds and mine.
That evenin' I found her on the back steps, all Sunday duds and airs.
In it the farmers kept, says one church record, "their duds and horses."Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
Just go upstairs and put on your duds, like the dear thing you are, and get the next train.In Apple-Blossom Time
Clara Louise Burnham
- a person or thing that proves ineffectual or a failure
- a shell, etc, that fails to explode
- (plural) old-fashioned clothes or other personal belongings
- failing in its purpose or functiona dud cheque
Word Origin and History for duds
c.1300, dudde "cloak, mantle," later in plural, "ragged clothing" (1560s), of uncertain origin.
c.1825, "person in ragged clothing," from duds (q.v.). Sense extended by 1897 to "counterfeit thing," and 1908 to "useless, inefficient person or thing." This led naturally in World War I to "shell which fails to explode," and thence to "expensive failure."