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DUD, n. Also †dudd. Dim. duddie, -y. Also in Eng. dial.

1. An article of clothing. Gen. in pl. = clothes, used with humorous or depreciatory force. Since 17th cent. only in colloq. or slang use in Eng. Gen.Sc. Specif. the dud = the sackcloth (of repentance) in church penance. Sc. 1728  Ramsay Poems II. 48:
What is this Grave? A Wardrobe poor, Which hads our rotting Duds.
Sc. 1816  Scott O. Mortality xiv.:
She'll ware't a' on duds and nonsense.
Sc. 1935  I. Bennet Fishermen i.:
He was always dirty, even in his Sunday-go-to-meeting duds.
Ork. 1880  Paety Toral in E.E.P. (1889) V. 796:
Although thou hast not a whole dud, Upon thy legs and body.
Bnff. 1856  J. Collie Poems 54:
And my dudds are but just so an' so, A sma' thing the warse o' the wear.
Abd. 1746  W. Forbes Dominie Depos'd (1821) lxiv.:
He'll get the dud an' sarken gown, That ugly sark.
Abd. 1826  D. Anderson Poems 74:
They'll sell Their very duds o' claes an' meal. . . . To sloke their thirst.
Ags. 1822  A. Balfour Farmers' Three Daughters I. xi.:
There's your uncle Peter took a poor primpet-up dally, wi' feant hae't but the duds on her back.
Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxxiii.:
Their bits o' duds bein sair bladdit wi' glaur.
Ayr. 1791  Burns Tam o' Shanter ll. 148–150:
Till ilka carlin swat and reekit, And coost her duddies to the wark, And linket at it in her sark!
Tyr. 1929  “M. Mulcaghey” Rhymes 76:
And try to meet as best I can, My bill for duds and socks and clogs.

Phr.: the bit an' the dud, food and clothing, see Bit, n., Phr. (f).

2. A rag, an odd piece of cloth. Gen. in pl. = ragged clothing, rags, tatters. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1721  J. Kelly Proverbs 100:
Every Dud bids another good Day. Spoken of People in Rags and Tatters.
ne.Sc. 1862  Fraser's Mag. (Feb.) 156:
Deil a coat saving a bit dud roun' their wames.
Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore 35:
A hair-brain'd littleane wagging a' wi' duds.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xi.:
“Oh, that'll be easy deen,” said Peter's visitor, shaking out his crumpled cotton pocket handkerchief, “the dud'll haud it fine.”
Ags. 1880  J. E. Watt Poet. Sk. 18:
The very craw-bogles he robb'd o' their duds.
Edb. 1720  A. Pennecuik Helicon 66:
Auld louzy Duds gars ay Folk fidge.
Edb. 1773  R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 71:
You needna wag your Duds o' clouts, . . . To think that erst you've hain'd my Tail Frae Wind and Weet.
Ayr. 1787  Burns Add. of Beelzebub ll. 45–47:
. . . the wives an' dirty brats . . . Flaffin wi' duds an' grey wi' beas'.
Ayr. 1901  “G. Douglas” Green Shutters vii.:
I'll knock the fleas out of your duds!
Dmf. 1810  R. H. Cromek Remains 30:
Here's a dud to hap its head, An' a clout to row the feetie o't.
Slk. a.1835  Hogg Tales, etc. (1837) II. 276:
You bloom, blouse, flirt, and flash on for a day, and then a' down to pain, poverty, dudds, and debility.

3. A cloth, esp. one of coarse linen or cotton used for domestic purposes, e.g. a duster (Abd.4 1929). Often in combs. such as daily dud, a dish-cloth (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.), dryin' dud, hand-, a coarse towel (Abd.13 1910, Abd.2 1940; Fif.3 1919, hand-). Used humorously for a sail. In Abd. quot. used attrib. = linen. Abd. 1768  A. Ross Rock . . . pickle Tow x.:
Since lambas I'm now gaing thirty an twa, An' never a dud sark had I yet gryt or sma'.
Mearns 1944 5 :
To hang up the dud, to hoist the sail.

Phr.: to dab at the dud, to do linen embroidery (Dwn. 1931 North. Whig (2 Dec.) 5/7).

4. Fig. Used contemptuously of a dull, spiritless person, esp. “one who is easily injured by cold or wet” (Rxb. 1825 Jam.2). Also in Cum. dial. Now in colloq. use in Eng. of a useless or inefficient person. Edb. 1894  P. H. Hunter J. Inwick xiv.:
He's a saft dud, yon; he has nae grup o' the politics ava.
Dmf. 1840  Carlyle in
Froude Life (1884) I. vii.:
A wretched Dud called —, member for —, called one day.

[O.Sc. has duddis, poor or ragged clothes, from a.1508; Mid.Eng. dudde (15th cent.), a coarse cloak. Of unknown origin.]

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