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duds

[duhdz] /dʌdz/
plural noun, Informal.
1.
clothes, especially a suit of clothes.
2.
belongings in general.
Origin of duds
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English dudde; perhaps akin to Low German dudel coarse sackcloth

dud

[duhd] /dʌd/
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
Synonyms
1. fiasco, debacle, fizzle, miscarriage.
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  • Yes, there was one more, namely Mr. Pawkins, who was afeard his duds warn't dry.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • That evenin' I found her on the back steps, all Sunday duds and airs.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • They started modding the gym every night, adding variations on the elements that saw the most action, removing the duds.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • In it the farmers kept, says one church record, "their duds and horses."

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • We can make no better trade for him, than to offer these duds for his liberty.

    The Deerslayer James Fenimore Cooper
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for duds

dud

/dʌd/
noun
1.
a person or thing that proves ineffectual or a failure
2.
a shell, etc, that fails to explode
3.
(pl) (old-fashioned) clothes or other personal belongings
adjective
4.
failing in its purpose or function: a dud cheque
Word Origin
C15 (in the sense: an article of clothing, a thing, used disparagingly): of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for duds
n.

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

dud

n.

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."

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Slang definitions & phrases for duds

duds

noun

Clothing; threads: To see them washed and put in and out of their duds was perhaps the greatest pleasure of her life

[1300+; origin unknown; perhaps fr one or another English or Celtic words meaning ''cloth, rag'']

dud

modifier

: a dud bomb

noun

  1. A failure: The show's a dud/ He was a bit of a dud (1908+)
  2. A shell or bomb that fails to explode (WWI armed forces)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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