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in the U.S.
since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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  1. An event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual ("the meeting was a dud as far as new business was concerned")
  2. An explosion that fails to occur
  3. Someone who is unsuccessful
  4. Failing to detonate; especially not charged with an active explosive ("he stepped on a dud mine")

Ultimately from dudde (“ragged clothing or cloth”), of uncertain origin beyond that.

  1. (informal) A device or machine that is useless because it does not work properly or has failed to work, such as a bomb, or explosive projectile.
  2. (informal) A failure of any kind.
  3. A lottery ticket that does not give a payout.
  4. (obsolete) Clothes, now always used in plural form duds.
  5. A loser, an unlucky person

dud was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Lojban, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian, and Welsh

Notable Persons Named Dud

Dud was born on May 16th, 1916. He died on December 25th, 1972.


Dud was born on April 2nd, 1934.


Dud Lee was a baseball player. Dud was born on August 22nd, 1899 in Denver. He died on January 7th, 1971.



Fun Facts about the name Dud

  • How Popular is the name Dud? Dud is the 64,085th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Dud have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 17 babies born with the first name Dud in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dud? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1919 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Dud first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dud is Thursday, July 11th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Dud born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dud was in 1919 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Dud: Your name in reverse order is Dud. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ddu. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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