a device, person, or enterprise that proves to be a failure.
a shell or missile that fails to explode after being fired.
plural noun, Informal.
clothes, especially a suit of clothes.
belongings in general.
a person or thing that proves ineffectual or a failure
a shell, etc, that fails to explode
(pl) (old-fashioned) clothes or other personal belongings
failing in its purpose or function: a dud cheque
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.
: a dud bomb
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”]
[duhd-ee] /ˈdʌd i/ adjective, Scot. 1. ragged; tattered. Related Terms fuddy-duddy
[dood, dyood] /dud, dyud/ noun 1. a man excessively concerned with his clothes, grooming, and manners. 2. Slang. 3. a person reared in a large city. 4. Western U.S. an urban Easterner who vacations on a ranch. interjection 5. (an expression of shock, approval, sympathy, or other strong feeling): Dude! That’s one expensive sandwich! Verb […]
[doo-deen] /duˈdin/ noun 1. a short clay tobacco pipe. /duːˈdiːn/ noun 1. a clay pipe with a short stem
[dood-l-sak; German dood-l-zahk] /ˈdud lˌsæk; German ˈdud lˌzɑk/ noun, Music. 1. .