\ 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 Ben chose a course of action that would better serve his mental well-being in the long-term, and if that’s the case, then the dude made the right call. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor: Winners at War finale recap: Dominance is rewarded," 14 May 2020 Very realistic, even if the dude almost never found anything to eat and basically survived by not starving to death. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: No fans in the stands, other safety measures are better than nothing," 13 May 2020 The dudes on this first team would need the ball in their hands a lot to succeed. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame basketball's best players under coach Mike Brey," 7 Apr. 2020 The company where Shannon worked as a data processor had lost its contract with the U.S. Navy, and the dude running the fish carryout went AWOL. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "After 30 years, Horace & Dickie’s is saying goodbye to a neighborhood its owner no longer recognizes," 27 Feb. 2020 Diplo is a garden-variety white dude, Walshy Fire is Jamaican, and Jillionaire is Trinidadian. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Straight to (CO)Video: We’re finally getting around to watching these things," 19 Apr. 2020 And Hal has always treated me open arms, warm smile and just was always the funniest dude. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'SNL' recap: Tina Fey, Bill Hader, Adam Sandler honor late music producer Hal Willner," 12 Apr. 2020 Becky had always been straight, and Viki and I thought the Peruvian was a dude from the Andes. Joseph O’neill, The New Yorker, "The Flier," 4 Nov. 2019 But Tomlin is a black dude who went from William & Mary to becoming an NFL head coach. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "There’s More History to Antonio Brown’s History," 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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1 Jun 2020

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“Dude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dude. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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