- failing to detonate; especially not charged with an active explosive; "he stepped on a dud mine"
- a conservative who is old-fashioned or dull in attitude or appearance; "you may accuse me of being and old fuddy-duddy trying to stop young people having fun"
- a feeling of intense indignation (now used only in the phrase `in high dudgeon' (同)high dudgeon
- Islamic laws stating the limits ordained by Allah and including the deterrent punishments for serious crimes (同)hudood
- a holiday resort offering ranch activities (riding and camping)
- 不発弾 / 《俗》だめな人(物) / 《複数形で》《俗》=clothes
- (おもに人称代名詞・固有名詞(人名),thereの後で)had, wouldの短縮形 / (疑問文でwhere,what,whenの後で)didの短縮形;Where'd he go?=Where did he go?
For the Dunedin airport with the IATA airport code DUD, see Dunedin International Airport.
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British dud during World War I.
A dud is an ammunition round or explosive that fails to fire or detonate, respectively, on time or on command. Poorly designed devices (for example, improvised explosive devices (IEDs)), 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.
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. (A nuclear weapon which does explode, but does not achieve its expected power, is termed a fizzle).
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.
Generally your duds are "your last possessions", what you are wearing and carrying, so nice duds is ironic and possibly an oxymoron. Other meanings of 'dud' are:
- Duds - 16th century term for "clothes".
- Dud - 17th century term for "worthless". Then 17th Century term for "old clothes" and "rags".
- Duddery - 17th-19th century term for a "clothier's booth", trading in old cloth and rags.
- To sweat your duds - 19th century term to "pawn one's clothes"
- Dudman - "Scarecrow!", possibly from Dutch Dood/dode man (dead man), or from the old clothes used to clothe a scarecrow.
- 'Dud' is also used to describe a person who failed to meet standards in relationships.
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- Bomb disposal
- Unexploded ordnance
- Firearm malfunction
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