dud meaning

Pronunciation:   "dud" in a sentence
Adjective: dud  dúd
  1. Failing to detonate; especially not charged with an active explosive
    "he stepped on a dud mine"
Noun: dud  dúd
  1. Someone who is unsuccessful
    - flop, washout, clunker [N. Amer] 
  2. An explosion that fails to occur
    - misfire 
  3. An event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual
    "the meeting was a dud as far as new business was concerned"
    - turkey, bomb, flop, clunker [N. Amer]

Derived forms: duds

See also: unloaded

Type of: breakdown, bust, equipment failure, failure, fizzle, flop, loser, no-hoper, nonstarter, unsuccessful person

Encyclopedia: Dud

[American slang]
n. a failure; something that fails to perform as intended.
• The whole idea turned out to be a dud.
• The play was a dud from start to finish.

noun [C]

a thing that is useless, especially because it does not work correctly or provide any benefit:

What we thought was a good investment turned out to be a dud.

dud adjective [only before noun]:

a dud cheque (= written by sb who has not enough money in their bank account)

The bank is trying to clear some of its dud loans.

(*) Explosive munition which has not been armed as intended or which has failed to explode after being armed.
See also absolute dud; dwarf dud; flare dud; nuclear dud.


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