dude

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noun

ˈdüd How to pronounce dude (audio)
 also  ˈdyüd
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?
dudish adjective
dudishly adverb

dude

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verb

duded; duding

transitive verb

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

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
And maybe the dude who held my mom up at gunpoint and stole her car gets caught. Katie Moore, Kansas City Star, 15 Feb. 2024 Or, in other words: This lineup has a bunch of guys but no real dudes. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 After all, the 26-year-old law student from Boston — and member of the Survivor 46 cast — seems like a pretty normal dude. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 13 Feb. 2024 And my daughter [who appears in the video] is a star, dude. Mesfin Fekadu, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2024 Who knows why a dude with floor seats at a recent Boston Celtics game was watching the action through the gadget, apart from a latent desire to serve as an embarrassing symbol of excess wealth. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024 Drain the meat in a mesh colander (just like pasta, dudes) to get rid of excess grease. Corey Inscoe, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Simply put, there is no reason to expect a 27-year-old black man living in Mississippi to earn anything like as much as a 58-year-old white dude with a residence in mid-town Manhattan. Wilfred Reilly, National Review, 30 Jan. 2024 What better place to do it than here, surrounded by dozens of hot drunk dudes? David Fear, Rolling Stone, 30 Jan. 2024
Verb
Better, locals say, to come back in the summer, when it’s all duded up, the Quonset-hut mural and facade glinting in the sun, the cafe’s patio brimming with diners peering down to the rushing water below, people throwing Frisbees on the lawn next door before buying tickets to the matinee. Sam McManis, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 While many family all-inclusives are beach resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean, some New England lakeside retreats, dude ranches in the mountains, teen-friendly wellness destinations and ski resorts also offer fantastic pay-one-price options. Karen Cicero, Good Housekeeping, 1 Feb. 2023 This summer, the Traveler out of office calendar has been busy, with editors setting off on vacations near and far: to dude ranches in Wyoming, camp sites in Maine, and hotels in Iceland. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Aug. 2022 Hey, who’s that wobbly dude in the El Diablo costume chasing riders on the approach to Alpe d’Huez? The Editors, Outside Online, 1 Nov. 2022 Seriously, that dude clearly felt awkward and couldn't wait to get out of there. Kyle Fowle, EW.com, 29 Aug. 2022 Somebody will say a line, and the other guy’s like, ‘That sucks, dude. Tom Roland, Billboard, 19 July 2022 In the front, caustic teen and skeezy dude four times her age likewise find empathetic common ground. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 2 June 2022 Yeah dude, that sounds like a really good solution. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

origin unknown

Verb

noun derivative of dude entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dude was in 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Dude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dude. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

dude

noun
ˈd(y)üd
1
: a man who pays excessive attention to his dress : dandy
2
: an Easterner in the West
3
dudish
ˈd(y)üd-ish
adjective

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