Pronunciation Noun

dud (plural duds)

  1. (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.
  2. (informal) A failure of any kind.
    • 2014, A teacher, "Choosing a primary school: a teacher's guide for parents ↗", The Guardian, 23 September 2014:
      At the end of the day, the vast majority of primary schools are vibrant, friendly places and you may struggle to choose one because they all seem so great. Primary schools tend to have the feelgood factor. If you just aren't feeling it, this one's probably a dud.
    1. (informal) A loser; an unlucky person.
    2. A lottery ticket that does not give a payout.
  3. (obsolete, informal) Clothes, now always used in plural form duds.
  • (losing lottery ticket) blank
  • French: munition non explosée (unexploded ordnance)
  • German: Blindgänger (unexploded ordnance), Versager (malfunctioning detonator or cartridge)
  • Russian: неразорва́вшийся снаря́д

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