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duds (n.)

c. 1300, dudde "cloak, mantle," later, in plural, "clothes," especially "ragged clothing" (1560s), of uncertain origin but probably from an unrecorded Old English word. Compare Old Norse duði, Low German dudel. Related: Duddery "place where rags are kept for sale" (1550s); dudman "scarecrow, man made of rags" (1670s); duddy "ragged, tattered" (1725).

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