\ 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 addressHey, dude, what's up?


duded; duding

Definition of dude (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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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 Then this huge dude lumbers in and gets in my lane. Washington Post, "How Eve 6’s Twitter account became its own strange form of art," 5 Jan. 2021 It’s the paradigmatic Fincher movie, a gut punch delivered by a dude in a baseball cap. New York Times, "David Fincher, the Unhappiest Auteur," 1 Jan. 2021 In 2020, Isbell continued to reshape expectations of how and what a white Alabama dude with a Les Paul could be as an actual person. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Here are Alabama’s 2020 Entertainers of the Year," 31 Dec. 2020 Nothing says office holiday party like a dude planted on the Xerox machine with his pants down, photocopying his butt. Deborah Vankin Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Tipsy co-workers, ugly sweaters: The all-too-real office holiday party at LACMA," 21 Nov. 2020 Yes, there are some easy-to-sympathize-with action sequences where our hero(?), columnist Femke Boot (Katja Herbers, Westworld), ends up ripping a finger off some thoughtless idiotic dude. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "The 15 best films of a bizarre (and probably historic) year for film," 19 Dec. 2020 Still, that’s no reason for some dude named Gus Edwards to finish with 101 yards on seven carries. Dallas News, "10 truths from the Cowboys’ loss: Dallas has to make somebody a scapegoat this offseason," 9 Dec. 2020 The dude got a one-on-one date — so producers would either have to cut the date completely and explain Eazy’s absence next week or leave the date in. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "The Bachelorette recap: Naked truths," 2 Dec. 2020 One of the doors started to open up and some dude was trapped between the door and the handrail. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "Led Zeppelin, the magic of Richfield Coliseum and the creation of ‘Destroyer’," 11 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By the 1980s llamas had become staple attractions at petting zoos, fairs, dude ranches and private parties. Popular Science, "Llamas are hotter than ever. Here’s why.," 21 Dec. 2020 By the 1980s llamas had become staple attractions at petting zoos, fairs, dude ranches and private parties. Popular Science, "Llamas are hotter than ever. Here’s why.," 21 Dec. 2020 By the 1980s llamas had become staple attractions at petting zoos, fairs, dude ranches and private parties. Emily Wakild, The Conversation, "Llamas are having a moment in the US, but they’ve been icons in South America for millennia," 18 Dec. 2020 Really, dude who the producers convinced to give another contestant a present? Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Season 16, Episode 9 Recap: What’s In The Box?," 9 Dec. 2020 The Birmingham via Huntsville duo wraps fire-bomb subversion in radio-kiss melody and whoa-dude raw-power. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Next wave Alabama musicians: An angry band for angry times," 18 Sep. 2020 For the record, the 1922 scene introducing Satchmo was shot at Preservation Hall — which was founded in 1961, but never mind, dude. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "New Orleans-shot ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ an off-key retread of the goofy comedy series," 1 Sep. 2020 Indiana dude ascending the music-biz at dizzying speed. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Blind Melon documentary’s Alabama record store tie-in," 6 July 2020

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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 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Dude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dude. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce dude (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dude

chiefly US slang : a man


\ 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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