dude

noun
\ ˈdüd also ˈdyüd How to pronounce dude (audio) \

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

The dude is 260 pounds, which is about 85 more than James. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "What was that, Sebastian Janikowski? Decision not to tackle 49ers returner costly in Seahawks loss," 17 Dec. 2018 But the dude is looking top form and can pull off his own screen progeny. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Top Gun 2' is casting Goose's son: Here's who we need to see in 'Maverick'," 28 June 2018 There are ample parts in blockbusters and buddy movies for older dudes, grumpy and otherwise. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, "The Icons of Book Club on Sex, Sexism and Life After 70," 17 May 2018 In our case, the final two standing are one Republican and one Democratic candidate, who campaign for the presidency (instead of some boring dude’s heart). Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "How Is a Caucus Different From a Primary? Your Definitive Guide," 28 Feb. 2019 Lonely, powerful dudes have been making off with damsels and then hiding them away since at least Greek mythology and probably before. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 The episode also introduces Sean Astin and Kal Penn as physicists who could make or break Shamy's Nobel prize hopes, though the Muppet's Statler and Waldorf, two cranky obnoxious dudes, could have easily played the same parts. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory Had the Most Touching Scene Between Sheldon and Amy Yet," 17 Jan. 2019 He was followed by a dude in so-tight-you-can-peel-them-off boxer briefs. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Are You Ready for the Return of Tighty-Whities? Gucci Sure Is," 25 Sep. 2018 Also in attendance was this beautiful dude in full ballet boy regalia. Matt Ortile, SELF, "Whenever My Life Feels Out of Control, I Go to Ballet Class," 16 Aug. 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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