\ˈdüd 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?


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


dudish \ ˈd(y)üd-​ish \ adjective
dudishly adverb

Synonyms for dude

Synonyms: Noun

bastard, bloke [chiefly British], buck, cat, chap [chiefly British], chappie [British], fella, fellow, galoot [slang], gent, gentleman, guy, hombre, jack, joe, joker, lad, male, man

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Examples of dude in a Sentence


a dude given to sporting expensive suits and flashy jewelry OK, dude, whatever you say.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The dude-ranch hostesses were also long gone, chased out by a fire and the expanding flight-test center. Daniel Ford, WSJ, "‘Chasing the Demon’ Review: Boom Times for Jet Pilots," 27 July 2018 The dude has dunked all over opponents thus far: Put that on a poster! Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Knicks rookie Kevin Knox is a posterizing dunk machine in Summer League," 9 July 2018 The lonely dude, who forgot to wear sunscreen, sitting in section 301, row 2, seat 1 on Sunday afternoon for the Rangers' 8-7 loss to the Astros was me. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "From the cheap seats: A thank you to fans who get the shaft," 10 June 2018 The fan never got a chance to find out, because another security guard came from the side and crushed the dude. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Fan at Red Sox game was crushed by blindside hit after running on field," 7 June 2018 Look for further recommendations made by NOLA.com's music authority (OK, some long-haired old dude who's been to too many concerts) in the lineup below. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "The Bayou Boogaloo lineup, with picks to plan your daze," 16 May 2018 Beck and Reese and Max Cummins, those are some big dudes now. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "UT’s Beck takes father’s advice, ready for new season," 17 Apr. 2018 The closest thing to heckling the Lamont Landers Band usually has to be wary of is some plastered dude requesting a country song. Matt Wake, AL.com, "Alabama band set for TV's 'Showtime at the Apollo'," 10 Apr. 2018 Was really good apart from some dude loudly eating nachos for the first 20 min. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "People are being snack-shamed for chewing too loudly during ‘A Quiet Place’ | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Here's the whole thing: Dude's totally a virgin, right? Laura Beck, Cosmopolitan, "This Bonkers Craigslist Poster Seeks Woman to Impregnate During Eclipse," 13 Aug. 2017 At first glance, Wyoming's feminist history isn't obvious (see: dude ranch). Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is Wyoming The Most Feminist State Ever?," 14 Apr. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of dude

: a man


\ˈdüd, ˈdyüd\

Kids Definition of dude

1 : a person from the eastern United States in the West

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