Adjective "dud" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A thing that fails to work properly or is otherwise unsatisfactory or worthless.
  1. 'There are some duds, some poems that not only risk the ridiculous but also achieve it.'
  2. 'This proposal is a dud, but at least it's an innovative dud.'
  3. 'The Brazilian's music is so uneven (partly because he was so prolific) that some instalments are likely to be more rewarding than others, and though it is decently performed, this is definitely one of the duds.'
  4. 'This winter's Peter Pan disappointed and now comes a dud.'
  5. 'After suffering through countless duds, Sci-Fi has finally produced something tolerable, even entertaining, which is really saying something.'
  6. 'The quality was ‘very bad’ and some shopkeepers and bar staff immediately realised they were being handed duds.'
  7. 'In 1990, after years of duds like Oliver and Company, Disney roared back into theatres with The Little Mermaid, which just happened to be awesome.'
  8. 'However, I also suspect subscriptions will start trickling in once people know they aren't duds.'
  9. 'They were all duds, made impotent by days of rain.'
  10. 'He knows the eternal value of his famous exit and is too smart to risk replacing it with a dud.'
  11. 'a complete dud, incapable of even hitting the ball'
  12. 'If all the players you off-load turn out to be duds you could perhaps pat yourself on the back.'
  13. 'Still, it's not as if he has been a complete dud when it comes to raising money.'
  1. 'The lucky couples had one week between being notified and tying the knot, during which time they had to procure some dressy duds, break the news to their families, and secure a New York State marriage license.'
  2. 'They'll pick up and deliver your duds like any regular laundry service - with a few critical extras.'
  3. 'It has a small selection of women's shoes and belts and a wide choice of designer duds, from simple Armani all the way up to extravagant Versace gowns.'
  4. 'There you are dressed in your designer duds and no one can see you.'
  5. 'Though mannequins are fixtures at most clothing retailers, they usually end up playing a sad second fiddle to the duds they display.'
  6. 'If travel isn't in your budget, maybe you'd like to sport some fancy new duds from Brown Sound Clothing.'
  7. 'The heat may be rising outdoors, but you can look and feel cool at the office with these stylish and breathable business duds.'
  8. 'Forget about dressing down; be one step ahead of your co-workers with these stylish duds that'll make you forget you're at work.'
  9. 'However ‘street’ they look, these duds are designed for performing.'
  10. 'My friend Pedo sent me this link with the message: ‘I think you'd look mighty fine in some of these fancy duds!’'


Not working or meeting standards; faulty.
  1. 'He has trailed his party and made a series of dud judgements.'
  2. 'He is a dud director with an inconsistent tone.'
  3. 'Do they go with another dud sequel, maybe even a prequel, or do they just remake the original?'
  4. 'Scottish consumers waste £12,000 in their lifetimes by signing up for dud products pushed on to them by banks and other financial institutions, according to a report.'
  5. 'And then, you will have bought a dud investment.'
  6. 'When it was really looked at, the Commission overturned it, not because there was any pressure on it, but because they realised it was a dud idea.'
  7. 'His lyricism has developed, the beats are tighter and there are no dud songs.'
  8. 'Hey, in the same 88-and-a-half grueling minutes you might spend with a dud date, you get to meet 20 dud dates.'
  9. 'What woman would pay that for a guaranteed dud root?'
  10. 'In sum, there isn't one dud piece in this blazingly honest gem of an anthology.'
  11. 'she was charged with issuing dud cheques'
  12. 'Most of the fraud was done by banking dud cheques and drawing on the funds before the cheques had cleared.'
  13. 'There remains, however, a world of difference between making an honest mistake and deliberately passing off a dud antique.'
  14. 'Samantha was eventually arrested by the police in Barstow, Nevada trying to cash a dud cheque she had been given in a third-rate casino in Vegas in 1978.'


Trick or swindle (someone)
  1. 'The state government has been attempting to muddy the waters by accusing the Commonwealth of dudding Victorians.'
  2. 'The Federal Government has dudded regional Australia this year and is set to continue to do so for the next three years.'
  3. 'While customers might reckon they're being dudded by this approach they can always look on the bright side.'
  4. 'All bar the thickest voters know when they're being dudded.'
  5. 'Two shonky financial advisers have dudded more than a thousand people out of their life savings.'
  6. 'As they became increasingly aware of their rights and how much they were being dudded, they started to join the union.'


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

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

More examples(as adjective)

"assets can be dud."

"cheques can be dud."

"loans can be dud."

"thrifts can be dud."

"tennerses can be dud."

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Middle English (in the sense ‘item of clothing’): of unknown origin.