dude

noun
\ 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?

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 \ 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

But my dudes: Women know there are gradations of abuse. David Roberts, Vox, "What so many men are missing about #MeToo," 10 Sep. 2018 After a season of spying and scheming and fighting over dudes with boats, Siesta Key’s first season has finally come to a close. Mark Shrayber, Cosmopolitan, "Spencer Pratt Breaks Down the Dramatic Siesta Key Finale," 6 Mar. 2018 People are eager for it because so many people in late night are American white dudes except Sam Bee and John Oliver. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "What it's like writing for 'The Daily Show' in the age of Trump," 18 Apr. 2018 But a white dude in a confederate flag shirt ain't bothering me. Roy S. Johnson, AL.com, "Blogger, 'Very Smart Brotha' talks Southern upbringing, race and being smart, 'cool dude'," 26 Feb. 2018 The dude in question is Wells Adams, a radio DJ who entered the public eye via a stint on The Bachelorette. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Sarah Hyland Opens Up About Dialysis and Her Second Kidney Transplant," 10 Dec. 2018 And yet—just look at the photo of the dudes on the album cover. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "100 Songs to Clean the Garage To," 20 Nov. 2018 However, that confidence didn't quite come through for her second hair challenge: giving a random (real) dude a haircut. Marci Robin, Allure, "We Asked Vanessa Hudgens to Give Haircuts to a Barbie Doll and a Real Guy — Here's What Happened," 10 Aug. 2018 Remember long ago, when Tiger Woods was a young phenom and a dude nicknamed Fluff with one of the best mustaches ever was his caddie? Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Tiger Woods gave his former caddie a hug in touching reunion," 27 June 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

: a man

dude

noun
\ ˈdüd, ˈdyüd\

Kids Definition of dude

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

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