plural noun, Informal.
clothes, especially a suit of clothes.
belongings in general.
a device, person, or enterprise that proves to be a failure.
a shell or missile that fails to explode after being fired.
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.1300, dudde “cloak, mantle,” later in plural, “ragged clothing” (1560s), of uncertain origin.
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.”
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”]
: a dud bomb
[doo, dyoo] /du, dyu/ adjective 1. owed at present; having reached the date for payment: This bill is due. 2. owing or owed, irrespective of whether the time of payment has arrived: This bill is due next month. 3. owing or observed as a moral or natural right. 4. rightful; proper; fitting: due care; in […]
noun 1. a brief written acknowledgment of indebtedness, not payable to order. noun 1. (mainly US) a document acknowledging indebtedness, exchangeable for goods or services
[doo-uh-chen-toh, dyoo-; Italian doo-e-chen-taw] /ˌdu əˈtʃɛn toʊ, ˌdyu-; Italian ˌdu ɛˈtʃɛn tɔ/ noun, (often initial capital letter) 1. the 13th century, with reference to Italy, especially to its art or literature.
- Due course
noun reasonable length of time; also called due time , [due course of time]