AskDefine | Define dud

Dictionary Definition

dud adj : failing to detonate; especially not charged with an active explosive; "he stepped on a dud mine"

Noun

1 someone who is unsuccessful [syn: flop, washout]
2 an explosion that fails to occur [syn: misfire]
3 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" [syn: turkey, bomb]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Ultimately from dudde (ragged clothing), of uncertain origin beyond that.

Pronunciation

Noun

dud (plural:'' duds)
  1. A broken or nonfunctional device that does not perform its intended function, such as a bomb.
  2. Clothes, now always used in plural form duds.

Translations

a broken or nonfunctional device that does not perform its intended function
(obsolete) clothes, now always used in plural form (duds)

Bosnian

Etymology

From dut < .

Noun

dud

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Croatian

Etymology

From dut < .

Noun

  1. mulberry

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Serbian

Etymology

From dut < .

Noun

dud

Cyrillic spelling

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Extensive Definition

A Dangerous Unexploded Device (DUD) is an ammunition round or explosive that fails to fire or detonate, respectively, on time or on command. Duds are still dangerous and have to be de-activated and disposed of carefully. Poorly designed devices (for example, IEDs), and small devices, have higher chances of being dud.
The variation absolute dud describes a nuclear weapon that fails to explode. http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/doddict/data/a/00004.html
Although dud rounds have failed to function as designed, they are still dangerous, and can explode if handled. In war-torn areas, many curious children have been injured or killed from tampering with such devices. Dud fireworks should be destroyed by soaking in water. No attempts to re-light them should be made. People should keep away from dud ammunition and should call proper authorities who can safely handle and remove it.
By extension, "dud" has become a slang word for anything that doesn't work or is defective. There is also a candy called Milk Duds, named for the fact that it was impossible to get them perfectly round.
"Duds" has also become popular slang for clothing, as in "Hey Faris, nice duds!"

See also

dud in Hebrew: נפל תחמושת
dud in Japanese: 不発弾
dud in Polish: niewypał

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abortion, abortive attempt, also-ran, aspirant, baby kisser, bankrupt, blank cartridge, bogy, bomb, bugaboo, bugbear, bust, candidate, castrato, cipher, cry of wolf, dark horse, defeated candidate, dummy, eunuch, failure, false alarm, favorite son, flop, gelding, hollow man, hopeful, impotent, incompetent, invalid, jackstraw, lame duck, lay figure, lemon, loser, man of straw, merry chase, miscarriage, miscarrying, misfire, nebbish, nobody, nonentity, nothing, nullity, office seeker, political hopeful, presidential timber, puppet, pushover, running mate, stalking-horse, thing of naught, trifle, vain attempt, washout, weakling, wet squib, wild-goose chase, zero
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