Green’s Dictionary of Slang

duds n.1

[dud n.1 ]

1. [16C+] (also duddies, dudds) clothing [Vaux glosses ‘women’s apparel in general’].

2. [mid-17C+] one’s possessions, one’s things in general.

3. [late 17C–mid-18C] (UK Und.) stolen articles.

4. [1900s] imitation jewels.

5. [1960s+] (Aus./UK juv.) trousers.

In compounds

duds-cheat (adj.) [cheat n. (1)]

[late 18C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) poor, ragged.

In phrases