Dud meaning

dŭd
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A bomb, shell, or explosive round that fails to detonate.
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One that is disappointingly ineffective or unsuccessful.
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A bomb or shell that fails to explode.
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A person or thing that fails or is ineffectual.
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Worthless.
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(informal) A device or machine that is useless because it does not work properly or has failed to work, such as a bomb, or explosive projectile.
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A lottery ticket that does not give a payout.
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A loser, an unlucky person.
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Origin of dud

  • Middle English dudde a cloak

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Ultimately from dudde (“ragged clothing or cloth”), of uncertain origin beyond that.

    From Wiktionary