\ 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 dudish (audio) \ adjective
dudishly adverb

Synonyms for dude

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Life of Crime' (2014) Iconic Detroit novelist Elmore Leonard was one cool dude about movies and TV adaptations of his work. Julie Hinds, Freep.com, "These are the 50 most essential movies set in Michigan," 12 Dec. 2019 The only person rooting for the Cardinals to be seen was some dude in a Ravens jersey with a Cardinals scarf. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Steelers fans completely took over the Arizona Cardinals' 64K-seat stadium," 8 Dec. 2019 They were sharply dressed surfer dudes on a spree that took them from their base in Miami Beach up to their lair in New York, a penthouse suite in a Manhattan hotel. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "How a Band of Surfer Dudes Pulled Off the Biggest Jewel Heist in N.Y. History," 17 Oct. 2019 Overlaying that science with story, with the eyewitness narrative of a dude just trying to shralp, gives a more complete picture without being preachy or wonky. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "North America's Best Ski Routes Are Disappearing," 23 Oct. 2019 All these decades later, the 40-year-old Hanson still has plenty of reasons to be grateful for those nameless SDSU dudes and their on-point advice. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: How a former San Diegan found success with a Hollywood horror show," 18 Oct. 2019 Seen on an airplane with a garden-variety video monitor, this hokey formula thriller would be a serviceable action yarn for middle-aged dudes who like sipping a glass of whiskey from their tray table. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Will Smith’s High-Def Disaster," 8 Oct. 2019 Remain respectful and thankful, and always consider the alternative: living in a slum with three other poor dudes fighting over who stole the last pack of Top Ramen. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "For these debt-stricken millennials, living with parents is a lifeline — and a dating conundrum," 6 Oct. 2019 This is supposed to be a dance contest, not an image rehab opportunity for a very slippery dude. BostonGlobe.com, "Your TV GPS, Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to what’s on television, appears at the beginning of each week at BostonGlobe.com. This column covers Sept. 16-22.," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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29 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Dude.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dude. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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