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nounslang, rare, historical
A dishonest trader or pedlar, especially of clothes or handkerchiefs; specifically one who dupes others into buying inferior goods for a high price.
verbEnglish Regional, East Anglian
no object To shudder, shiver.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Whitehall Evening Post. From dud + -er<br>mid 17th century; earliest use found in William Rowley (?1585–1626), actor and playwright. Apparently a variant of didder.
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