duds

[ duhdz ]
/ dʌdz /

plural noun Informal.

clothes, especially a suit of clothes.
belongings in general.

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Origin of duds

1275–1325; Middle English dudde; perhaps akin to Low German dudel coarse sackcloth

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dud
[ duhd ]
/ dʌd /

noun

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

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

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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