dud

dud

[duhd]
noun
1.
a device, person, or enterprise that proves to be a failure.
2.
a shell or missile that fails to explode after being fired.

Origin:
1815–25; special use of dud, singular of duds


1. fiasco, debacle, fizzle, miscarriage.
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duds

[duhdz]
plural noun Informal.
1.
clothes, especially a suit of clothes.
2.
belongings in general.

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

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dud (dʌd)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that proves ineffectual or a failure
2.  a shell, etc, that fails to explode
3.  old-fashioned (plural) clothes or other personal belongings
 
adj
4.  failing in its purpose or function: a dud cheque
 
[C15 (in the sense: an article of clothing, a thing, used disparagingly): of unknown origin]

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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 WWI to "shell which fails to explode," and thence to "expensive failure."

duds
c.1300, dudde "cloak, mantle," later in plural, "ragged clothing" (1560s), of uncertain origin.
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dud definition

[dəd]
  1. n.
    a failure; something that fails to perform as intended. (See also duds.) : The whole idea turned out to be a dud.
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duds definition

[dədz]
  1. n.
    clothes. (Always plural.) : Are those new duds?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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