dude

noun
\ 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?

dude

verb
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

Noun

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

Synonyms for dude

Synonyms: Noun

beau, Beau Brummell, buck, dandy, fop, gallant, jay, lounge lizard, macaroni, pretty boy, toff [chiefly British]

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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

Surfer dudes and dudettes around the world are offshoots of Polynesian culture, not parts of or answers to any puzzle. Damion Searls, Harper's magazine, "The Tide-Beating Heart of Earth," 10 May 2019 One of the reasons a stereotypical startup person is a young dude in their 20s who could go to Stanford or Harvard but decided not to, is that’s the kind of person with the optionality, right? Recode Staff, Recode, "Podcaster Manoush Zomorodi explains blockchain and how it might fix the media," 17 July 2018 Chadwick Boseman was far and away the best dude of the night. Patricia Lockwood, The Cut, "Patricia Lockwood (and Her Mom) Talk Jesus, Fashion, and Who Wore It Best at the Met Gala," 8 May 2018 Mets third base coach Glenn Sherlock is a tough dude, and that toughness was caught on camera. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Mets coach gets hit by a bat in the dugout, acts like it's no big deal," 6 May 2018 For instance, one of the major characters was a magenta dude named Vision who had an LED light bulb implanted in his forehead. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Black Person’s Guide to Avengers: Infinity War," 27 Apr. 2018 Marnie, Dylan, and Sophie from Halloweentown Notice the dude in the back? Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "36 Halloween Disney Costumes You And Your BFFs Can Pull Off," 16 Aug. 2018 Early in the day, that meant the area was full up with dudes in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons jerseys playing NBA video games. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Roots Picnic ends early due to weather," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of dude

Noun

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dude

Noun

origin unknown

Verb

noun derivative of dude entry 1

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dude

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dude

chiefly US slang : a man

dude

noun
\ 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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