dud

[ duhd ]
/ dʌd /
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noun

Informal. a device, person, or enterprise that proves to be a failure.
a shell or missile that fails to explode after being fired.

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Origin of dud

1815–25; special use of dud, singular of duds
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British Dictionary definitions for dud

dud
/ (dʌd) informal /

noun

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

adjective

failing in its purpose or functiona dud cheque

Word Origin for dud

C15 (in the sense: an article of clothing, a thing, used disparagingly): of unknown origin
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