dude

noun
\ 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 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 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 Dump the dude and let the infamous redhead be the one to deal with him. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, "RS Country Music Picks for the Week of March 22nd," 22 Mar. 2021 In his last MVP year, 2017, the dude had a base salary of $1 million. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Tom Brady could give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers another gift," 26 Feb. 2021 But on the other hand, this was our 20-year-old-dude masterpiece and no one knew about it. Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone, "Slint Look Back on 'Spiderland' at 30," 25 Mar. 2021 Buoyed by a series of Instagram Live sets that saw actor-podcaster-vinyl-dude Marc Maron scouring the store and hawking records, the shop has kept afloat through various social media initiatives, owner Dan Cook said. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, "After a yearlong hiatus, Amoeba Music announces April reopening in new location," 22 Mar. 2021 This dude’s been such a massive part of our organization for 21 years. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Jazz return from All-Star break and struggle to shrug off short-handed Houston Rockets," 13 Mar. 2021 His debut, 48 Hrs., was at its essence the story of a hip, fast-talking black dude who was the smartest guy in a room full of white people, and that’s a pretty apt description of Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, and Beverly Hills Cop II as well. Jason Bailey, Vulture, "How Coming to America Flipped the Script on Eddie Murphy’s Career," 6 Mar. 2021 Their traveling party becomes a motley heroic crew, picking up a 10-year-old shrimp boat captain (Izaac Wang), a toddler con artist and a gruff lonely dude (Benedict Wong). Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Intense action, warrior women make Disney fantasy ‘Raya’ memorable," 6 Mar. 2021 Bobby is a brilliant, strong dude, and someone that puts a lot of weight on friendships and fighting together as a brother to the end. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Marty Piombo regrets being an 'a--hole' after the game," 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Behind-the-scenes-slap-on-the wrist diplomacy won’t do the trick, dude. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "Joe Biden turns a blind eye to Saudi murder of American journalist," 2 Mar. 2021 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. 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. 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. Popular Science, "Llamas are hotter than ever. Here’s why.," 21 Dec. 2020

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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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9 Apr 2021

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

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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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