Definitions for DUDdʌd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

duddʌd(n.)

  1. a device, person, or enterprise that proves to be a failure.

  2. a shell or missile that fails to explode after being fired.

    Category: Military

Origin of dud:

1895–1900; cf. earlier dud contemptible person, appar. sing. of duds

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flop, dud, washout(noun)

    someone who is unsuccessful

  2. misfire, dud(noun)

    an explosion that fails to occur

  3. turkey, bomb, dud(adj)

    an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual

    "the first experiment was a real turkey"; "the meeting was a dud as far as new business was concerned"

  4. dud(adj)

    failing to detonate; especially not charged with an active explosive

    "he stepped on a dud mine"

Wiktionary

  1. dud(Noun)

    A broken or nonfunctional device that does not perform its intended function, such as a bomb, or explosive projectile.

  2. dud(Noun)

    A lottery ticket that does not give a payout.

  3. dud(Noun)

    Clothes, now always used in plural form duds.

  4. Origin: Ultimately from dudde, of uncertain origin beyond that.

Freebase

  1. Dud

    A dud is an ammunition round or explosive that fails to fire or detonate, respectively, on time or on command. Poorly designed devices, and small devices, have higher chances of being duds. Duds are still dangerous, and can explode if handled. They have to be deactivated and disposed of carefully. In wartorn areas, many curious children have been injured or killed from tampering with such devices. Dud fireworks should never be destroyed by soaking in water as most fireworks becomes most unstable after water ingress. The term descends from the Middle English dudde, meaning "ragged clothing", and had been in usage as a general pejorative for something worn-out or useless for several centuries prior to the widespread adoption of the fused explosive artillery shell. The variation absolute dud describes a nuclear weapon that fails to explode. By extension, "dud" has become a slang word for anything that does not work or is defective. There is also a candy called Milk Duds, so named because it was impossible to get them perfectly round.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. dud

    Explosive munition which has not been armed as intended or which has failed to explode after being armed.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

dud(adjective)

useless or not working

a dud battery.

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