Definition of dud in US English:

dud

noun

informal
  • 1A thing that fails to work properly or is otherwise unsatisfactory or worthless.

    ‘all three bombs were duds’
    ‘a high-grade collection, not a dud in the lot’
    • ‘He knows the eternal value of his famous exit and is too smart to risk replacing it with a dud.’
    • ‘The quality was ‘very bad’ and some shopkeepers and bar staff immediately realised they were being handed duds.’
    • ‘In fact, that's only a fraction of the cost of a license, especially when the much-touted property turns out to be a dud.’
    • ‘There's really not a dud in the lot here as each show is well written and well intentioned from the outset.’
    • ‘This proposal is a dud, but at least it's an innovative dud.’
    • ‘Books which turn out to be excellent (either by literary or commercial criteria), are rejected; and some books are selected which later prove to be duds.’
    • ‘This new album features instant classics as well as instant duds.’
    • ‘After suffering through countless duds, Sci-Fi has finally produced something tolerable, even entertaining, which is really saying something.’
    • ‘They were all duds, made impotent by days of rain.’
    • ‘The Brazilian's music is so uneven (partly because he was so prolific) that some instalments are likely to be more rewarding than others, and though it is decently performed, this is definitely one of the duds.’
    • ‘Many of the projects, it turns out, have actually been built, and they've proved colossal duds, leading a growing chorus of critics to question the studies' methods.’
    • ‘This winter's Peter Pan disappointed and now comes a dud.’
    • ‘A dud with 10 games is the same as a dud with no games.’
    • ‘So, after several hours, much discussion, a few duds, a few ringers and a couple of clear favourites, we all agreed on six whiskies that will be taken to the Speyside whisky festival for the final deciding round.’
    • ‘I've promised some seeds to a friend in more northern climes, but have held off sending them for a few days while I waited to see if I'd carefully stored duds all winter.’
    • ‘In 1990, after years of duds like Oliver and Company, Disney roared back into theatres with The Little Mermaid, which just happened to be awesome.’
    • ‘However, I also suspect subscriptions will start trickling in once people know they aren't duds.’
    • ‘There are some duds, some poems that not only risk the ridiculous but also achieve it.’
    • ‘A bomb disposal expert from Catterick was called in and the bomb was found to be a dud filled with concrete.’
    • ‘Case says his style is different from the approach taken by venture-capital and buyout funds that hope the home runs in their portfolios more than compensate for the duds.’
    1. 1.1 An ineffectual person.
      ‘a complete dud, incapable of even hitting the ball’
      • ‘Still, it's not as if he has been a complete dud when it comes to raising money.’
      • ‘You can reduce the risk of hiring a dud by bringing someone on as a consultant or contractor first, says Cleveland biotech entrepreneur Andy Lefkowitz.’
      • ‘I've just got this feeling that maybe he's a complete dud.’
      • ‘She has been a complete dud in the deputy's position.’
      • ‘If all the players you off-load turn out to be duds you could perhaps pat yourself on the back.’
      failure, flop, let-down, disappointment
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  • 2dudsClothes.

    ‘buy yourself some new duds’
    • ‘Forget about dressing down; be one step ahead of your co-workers with these stylish duds that'll make you forget you're at work.’
    • ‘If travel isn't in your budget, maybe you'd like to sport some fancy new duds from Brown Sound Clothing.’
    • ‘Organize a clothes drive and donate duds to a local shelter.’
    • ‘They'll pick up and deliver your duds like any regular laundry service - with a few critical extras.’
    • ‘I was wearing a festive but not overbearing reddish shirt and Keith was decked out in some sleek black duds.’
    • ‘The actors eschew Victorian costumes in favor of contemporary concert duds that have enough embellishments to suggest who the characters are, and they use props sparingly.’
    • ‘I was on my way home from school when this bunch of jerks in archaic duds tried to drive a knife into me.’
    • ‘The svelte denim-look duds are actually waterproof and breathable poly-nylon wonders.’
    • ‘People look forward to it like a holiday, place their bets, put on their best professional sports-watching duds and throw lavish Super Bowl parties.’
    • ‘It has a small selection of women's shoes and belts and a wide choice of designer duds, from simple Armani all the way up to extravagant Versace gowns.’
    • ‘A N.Y. Times article on the new designer duds for budget airline Song reveals some of the requirements for flight attendant uniform design.’
    • ‘The lucky couples had one week between being notified and tying the knot, during which time they had to procure some dressy duds, break the news to their families, and secure a New York State marriage license.’
    • ‘However ‘street’ they look, these duds are designed for performing.’
    • ‘I don't care who you are, how much money you have or what fancy duds you wear.’
    • ‘The heat may be rising outdoors, but you can look and feel cool at the office with these stylish and breathable business duds.’
    • ‘There you are dressed in your designer duds and no one can see you.’
    • ‘Check out these duds for ruggedly handsome brainiacs like yourselves.’
    • ‘The stars put on their best Chanel duds for a party that was far from being a dud.’
    • ‘My friend Pedo sent me this link with the message: ‘I think you'd look mighty fine in some of these fancy duds!’’
    • ‘Though mannequins are fixtures at most clothing retailers, they usually end up playing a sad second fiddle to the duds they display.’
    outfit, clothes, costume, ensemble, suit, clothing, dress, attire, garments, garb, turnout, rig, uniform, livery, array, regalia, robes, finery
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adjective

informal
  • 1Not working or meeting standards; faulty.

    ‘a dud ignition switch’
    • ‘Hey, in the same 88-and-a-half grueling minutes you might spend with a dud date, you get to meet 20 dud dates.’
    • ‘Pubs and nightclubs which accepted dud euro banknotes from youths aged between 15 and 17 in return for alcoholic drinks could be prosecuted for serving young people.’
    • ‘Scottish consumers waste £12,000 in their lifetimes by signing up for dud products pushed on to them by banks and other financial institutions, according to a report.’
    • ‘If someone discovers that they've been ripped off with excessive fees and charges 4 or 5 years down the track or they're in a dud product with a poor rate of return, it's very hard to unwind that product.’
    • ‘In sum, there isn't one dud piece in this blazingly honest gem of an anthology.’
    • ‘It is still saddled with a bloated bureaucracy, too many branches, and a portfolio of shaky or dud loans to state-owned enterprises.’
    • ‘Braised greens with smoked ham were the only real dud I found; they were merely irony, briny, and thin.’
    • ‘When it was really looked at, the Commission overturned it, not because there was any pressure on it, but because they realised it was a dud idea.’
    • ‘There was always a dud round in there, always a tournament-wrecker amid some mini gems.’
    • ‘Do they go with another dud sequel, maybe even a prequel, or do they just remake the original?’
    • ‘Since then Richard, from Bredbury, has installed - and ripped out again - four faulty kitchen sets after the furniture company continued to send him units from a manufacturer's dud batch.’
    • ‘His lyricism has developed, the beats are tighter and there are no dud songs.’
    • ‘Alternatively, it could be argued that the chart made a dud prediction, and astrology is entertaining hokum that has as much to do with the real Jupiter as chocolate bars do with Mars.’
    • ‘What woman would pay that for a guaranteed dud root?’
    • ‘Since then, Mann has made two albums in a row of glorious melodies matched to grim sagas of addiction, dud relationships and dead-ends.’
    • ‘He has trailed his party and made a series of dud judgements.’
    • ‘He is a dud director with an inconsistent tone.’
    • ‘California's reliable climate means there's never a dud vintage, says William Foster’
    • ‘And then, you will have bought a dud investment.’
    • ‘A woman who ran dud healthcare courses has been found guilty of handing out certificates she claimed were from qualifications body City and Guilds.’
    defective, faulty, unsound, inoperative, broken, broken-down, not working, not in working order, not functioning, malfunctioning, failed
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    1. 1.1 Counterfeit.
      ‘charged with issuing dud checks’
      • ‘Trading Standards officers have warned shoppers buying jewellery over the internet this Christmas that they could be at risk from online fraudsters passing off fakes and dud goods as the real thing.’
      • ‘There remains, however, a world of difference between making an honest mistake and deliberately passing off a dud antique.’
      • ‘As far as your girl being a ‘gold’ digger, she'd be lucky to find a dud Bombay rupee in your piggy bank, James.’
      • ‘Samantha was eventually arrested by the police in Barstow, Nevada trying to cash a dud cheque she had been given in a third-rate casino in Vegas in 1978.’
      • ‘Most of the fraud was done by banking dud cheques and drawing on the funds before the cheques had cleared.’
      • ‘Tengberg does not specify how the fraudster perpetrated their dastardly deeds - wouldn't the company have been insured against dud credit cards?’
      counterfeit, fraudulent, forged, fake, faked, false, bogus, spurious
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘item of clothing’): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

dud

/dəd//dəd/