- 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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- clothes, especially a suit of clothes.
- belongings in general.
Origin of duds
Examples from the Web for dud
His clothing line that his friend described as “upscale and urban” was a dud.Alleged Cop Killer’s Blood-Soaked Screenplay
December 24, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter said the film was a dud, but Holmes plays neatly against type.How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’?
October 30, 2014
She turns in dud stories, misses deadlines, and is prone to occasionally sleeping with her young, struggling musician sources.Toni Collette on ‘The Realistic Joneses,’‘Lucky Them,’ and Crying in ‘The Sixth Sense’
June 1, 2014
The prank itself seems meaningless, and the reaction was un-extraordinary: all in all, a dud.An Analysis of Vitalii Sediuk’s Pranks (He’s the Guy Who Touched Brad Pitt)
May 29, 2014
Reviews seemed to range a short spectrum between turnip (a dud, in the French parlance) and not-a-complete-turnip.We Watch the DSK Sex Romp So You Don’t Have To
May 20, 2014
For a time it seemed as though Brent's bombshell had been a dud.Ten From Infinity
Paul W. Fairman
Let's get busy—we're altogether too close to that dud there to suit me.The Skylark of Space
Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
But to Dud this thrilling adventure left no pleasant memories.
The motor boat Jim and Dud had hired for the season was stove in upon the rocks.
It was Dud who had been swept over into those foaming, seething depths.
- 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 dud
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."
c.1300, dudde "cloak, mantle," later in plural, "ragged clothing" (1560s), of uncertain origin.