\ 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 The dude is just physically blessed and gifted like that. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Confident Deandre Ayton finding stride in bubble with Suns," 3 Aug. 2020 No explaining the dude’s semi-tragic story to the kids. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Even if the game goes on as planned, it won’t be Texas-Oklahoma without the State Fair," 8 July 2020 Other properties are upscale takes on classic dude ranches. Sara Clemence, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 15 Resort Hotels in the Continental U.S.," 8 July 2020 In other Vanilla Ice news, the dude is still touring. Los Angeles Times, "Vanilla Ice cancels Texas concert after COVID-19 blowback," 2 July 2020 Artemis is a brilliant little dude who's big on bespoke black suits but not authority. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: A movie-stealing Josh Gad elevates 'Artemis Fowl' from forgettable kid fantasy," 12 June 2020 Mixon not responding to Hobson seems a bit odd; Hobson's not exactly some dude whose name or number Mixon doesn't recognize. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Guest TML: Five great moments from 'Junior,' Ken Griffey Jr. documentary on MLB Network," 22 June 2020 But from 9 to 5, the dude made Ronald Reagan look like Abbie Hoffman. Dave Grohl, The Atlantic, "How Far Does the Apple Fall From the Tree?," 21 June 2020 This little dude, though, is all good guy: When his dad (Colin Farrell) is kidnapped in connection with a powerful magical device, Artemis goes head to head against a fairy police force and a shadowy villain. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Spike Lee's Netflix film 'Da 5 Bloods,' 'Artemis Fowl' on Disney+," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Indiana dude ascending the music-biz at dizzying speed. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Blind Melon documentary’s Alabama record store tie-in," 6 July 2020

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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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6 Aug 2020

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“Dude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dude. Accessed 8 Aug. 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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