dud Definition

  • 1a thing that fails to work properly or is otherwise unsatisfactory or worthless
  • 2an event that fails to meet expectations

Using dud: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dud" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The new product was a dud and didn't sell well.

  • Example

    The movie was a dud at the box office.

  • Example

    The fireworks show was a dud and didn't go off as planned.

dud Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for dud

Idioms Using dud

  • a hand of cards in a card game that is unlikely to win


    I was dealt a dud hand and lost the game.

  • a business deal that turns out to be unprofitable or unsuccessful


    The merger turned out to be a dud deal for both companies.

  • bad advice or guidance that leads to failure or disappointment


    His investment strategy turned out to be a dud steer.

Phrases with dud

  • a check that is returned unpaid by the bank due to insufficient funds


    He was arrested for writing dud cheques.

  • a shell that fails to explode on impact


    The soldiers found several dud shells in the field.

  • a counterfeit banknote


    The cashier spotted the dud note and called the police.

Origins of dud

origin uncertain, possibly from the Scottish 'dud', meaning 'rag' or 'tatter'


Summary: dud in Brief

The term 'dud' [dʌd] refers to something that fails to work properly or meet expectations. It can describe a product, event, or situation, such as 'The new product was a dud and didn't sell well.' 'Dud' also extends into phrases like 'dud cheque,' and idioms like 'a dud hand,' denoting an unlikely winning hand in a card game, and 'a dud deal,' implying an unprofitable business deal.

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