Definition for dud

noun as in failure

Strongest matches

debacle, flop

Strong matches

bomb, bummer, bust, lemon, loser, washout

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Example Sentences

Financials have been a dud this year, but health care stocks are well off their March lows.

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The idea is that new small-molecule antiviral drugs could fill these “druggable pockets” so that, once the coronavirus has first entered a patient’s body, it becomes a non-infectious dud that cannot spread.

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Goldman Sachs, for one, had warned back in July that the month of August is historically a low-volume dud.

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We also miss many of the lesser duds, the somewhat duds, and the turned-out-to-be-duds-in-the-end, all of which would be informative but are now lost.

We don’t witness the quadrillions of experiments that were absolute duds along the 4 billion year pathway to now.

His clothing line that his friend described as “upscale and urban” was a dud.

The trade in empty bottles should be as eyebrow-raising as the old Soviet dud-bulb biz.

The Hollywood Reporter said the film was a dud, but Holmes plays neatly against type.

She turns in dud stories, misses deadlines, and is prone to occasionally sleeping with her young, struggling musician sources.

The prank itself seems meaningless, and the reaction was un-extraordinary: all in all, a dud.

While they were laughing, along came Dud the gum hunter, bearing a chicken with him.

I wonder if our friend Dud isn't just giving us a wrong steer, or is this what he meant we should find?

I for one am anxious to try that trout brook old Dud told us of.

He then bade Mary a "Dud by" in bad English, and set off in a run in a northern direction for the purpose of joining the whites.

These seemed to flit through the air, and always landed with a soft-sounding "phutt" very like a dud.


On this page you'll find 28 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to dud, such as: debacle, flop, bomb, bummer, bust, and lemon.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.