\ ˈdüd also ˈdyüd \

Definition of dude 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a man extremely fastidious in dress and manner : dandy

2 : a city dweller unfamiliar with life on the range (see range entry 1 sense 3b) especially : an Easterner in the West

3 informal : fellow, guy The other girls in the program never go out, so I always find myself out with dudes from my program.Cosmopolitan sometimes used as a term of address Hey, dude, what's up?


duded; duding

Definition of dude (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: dress up usually used with up got duded up for the dance

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Other words from dude


dudish \ˈd(y)üd-ish \ adjective
dudishly adverb

Synonyms for dude

Synonyms: Noun

buck, fella, fellow, gent, gentleman, guy, hombre, joker, lad, male, man

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Examples of dude in a Sentence


a dude given to sporting expensive suits and flashy jewelry OK, dude, whatever you say.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That time the Rock whupped a dude – with only one leg. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Skyscraper': 5 totally preposterous moments where Dwayne Johnson has to save the day," 11 July 2018 Mom, who has had to invent, like, 8 million voices in the past three years, weighed in on readability and how to raise a good dude through stories. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "A 3-Year-Old Reviews Outdoorsy Kids' Books," 5 July 2018 West Wing alum most likely to turn up as a horrifying villain who imagines himself a good dude. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale introduces a burst of dark camp in “Postpartum”," 4 July 2018 Our group—two instructors and seven other students, all dudes—camped for two nights at the base of Mount Shuksan. Jen Ortiz, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to Getting Away," 25 June 2018 No room in the dino-black-market budget for a different warehouse address, dudes? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom review: This nonsense has gone full Sharknado," 22 June 2018 The trailer started with some distinctly pre-apocalypse looking times, with Ellie attending a party—before cutting to her stabbing some dude in the neck, then picking off the rest of a party of raiders one at a time. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Sony PlayStation at E3: The Last of Us Part II, Spider-Man, Nioh 2, and unsurprising blockbusters," 11 June 2018 Marathoners are so crazy that some dude from Michigan is contemplating joining the Delta Club. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "What makes runners so ardent, and so plentiful? Maybe it’s the birch pollen," 29 May 2018 The new Ant-Man is written and directed by dudes, but Captain Marvel has several women—including Guardians of the Galaxy scribe Nicole Perlman and co-director Anna Boden—working behind the scenes. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Why Ant-Man and the Wasp's Heroine Is a Crystal Ball for Marvel," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Here's the whole thing: Dude's totally a virgin, right? Laura Beck, Cosmopolitan, "This Bonkers Craigslist Poster Seeks Woman to Impregnate During Eclipse," 13 Aug. 2017 At first glance, Wyoming's feminist history isn't obvious (see: dude ranch). Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is Wyoming The Most Feminist State Ever?," 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of dude


1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dude


origin unknown


noun derivative of dude entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dude

: a man


\ ˈdüd , ˈdyüd \

Kids Definition of dude

1 : a person from the eastern United States in the West

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