\ ˈdüd How to pronounce dude (audio) 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

Other Words from dude


dudish \ ˈd(y)üd-​ish How to pronounce dude (audio) \ adjective
dudishly adverb

Examples of dude in a Sentence

Noun a dude given to sporting expensive suits and flashy jewelry OK, dude, whatever you say.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun He’s kind of that dude that UConn was missing last year. Shreyas Laddha, Hartford Courant, 21 Apr. 2022 Like, this dude with long hair and a guitar, blah, blah, blah. Corbin Reiff, SPIN, 14 Apr. 2022 Aaron, who waffles between nice, compassionate dude and stone cold killer, shoots him three times in the chest. Erik Kain, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 Around the World in 80 Days' (1956) An English dude (David Niven) travels the globe and meets colorful characters in a flighty three-hour affair. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 Its vaporous conclusion, an impossibly quiet parting kiss to sweet memories of yesterday, was sullied by the thud of some dude dropping his phone on the floor. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 Tony is such a gentle and kind, wonderful dude, who comes up with the most nightmarish, insane ideas of how to kill people. Clark Collis, EW.com, 22 Feb. 2022 The dude in the jersey bemoaning his fate rooting for an eternal loser. Jeff Pearlman, CNN, 11 Feb. 2022 The elevation of this workwear staple to leisure wear, with the launch of Lady Levi’s and the popularity of dude ranches in the 1930s, marked jeans’ entry into the fashion system. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 30 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yeah dude, that sounds like a really good solution. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 May 2022 When Mike Eps smacks that dude in the movie that nug is as frosty. Lindsey Bartlett, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 Johnson stars in so many dude movies that the fantasy adventure (based on the Disney theme-park ride) offers a refreshing change of pace – and even some romance. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2021 That’s the way this is going to f---ing go down, dude. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, 27 Aug. 2021 Many families this year are choosing vacation options similar to last year’s, said Rainer Jenss, founder of the Family Travel Association: beach vacation rentals, dude ranches or camping. Hannah Sampson, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2021 The clueless mostly dude lawmakers who are in charge just can’t help themselves. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, 18 May 2021 Behind-the-scenes-slap-on-the wrist diplomacy won’t do the trick, dude. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, 2 Mar. 2021 By the 1980s llamas had become staple attractions at petting zoos, fairs, dude ranches and private parties. Popular Science, 21 Dec. 2020 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Dude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dude. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for dude


\ ˈdüd How to pronounce dude (audio) , ˈdyüd \

Kids Definition of dude

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

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