Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
 
Lookup History
dud

dud

 
 
pronunciation:
duhd
features:
Word Combinations (noun), Word History, Word Explorer
part of speech: noun
definition 1: (informal) someone or something that functions poorly or fails in some regard.
The fireworks were all duds, which cast a cloud over our celebration.
antonyms:
dandy, success, whiz, wizard
definition 2: a shell, bomb, or the like that fails to explode.
definition 3: (pl.) clothes, esp. a particular outfit.
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
Word History
Dud comes from dudde, an early English word that means "cloak" or "mantle." How did the word's meaning change from "cloak" to "something that does not work well"? By the 1500s, "dud" had the meaning "ragged clothing." In the 1800s, it was used for "a person in ragged clothing." Then, in the early 1900s, people began to use "dud" as a word for a useless person or thing. During World War One, a shell that did not explode was a "dud." Since then, its meaning has widened to include any bad item in a batch.
Word Explorer
See
  film