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 addressHey, dude, what's up?

dude

verb
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

Noun

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 In that way, this dude had been working on this building his whole life. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "There’s new life at Bessemer’s historic Lincoln Theatre, thanks to actor Andre Holland and family," 12 Sep. 2019 The baby-faced second-year punter's follow-through was the stuff of legend, captured in slow motion on the NBC broadcast and demonstrating just how flexible the dude really is. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "JK Scott 'game winner' punt immortalized on T-shirt by former NFL punter Pat McAfee," 7 Sep. 2019 Its franchise started as the simple tale of one man on a mission to kill some dudes who killed his dog. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Rise of the Super Sequel! As ‘It: Chapter Two’ Hits Theaters, Why Are Blockbusters Getting So Long?," 6 Sep. 2019 Beer wasn’t invented by some dude in a flannel shirt tinkering with hops levels, but likely about 10,000 years ago by some Mesopotamian who unthinkingly left out his soupy porridge in the Sinai sun. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "How to manage food mishaps in the kitchen," 31 July 2019 This dude should be ready for an Iron Man marathon performance. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Preston: Ravens' success rests on offensive line, return of healthy Marshal Yanda," 14 June 2019 One dude has this story about a guy suing Burger King. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: How Pop-Up Magazine is bringing amped-up storytelling to San Diego," 17 Sep. 2019 His songs are still sometimes about doing right and being a man, and there’s plenty of hoe-your-row working-dude pride. John Adamian, courant.com, "Best bets: Our 7 picks for this week’s concerts in Connecticut," 8 Sep. 2019 Tickets for the all-ages dude-fest are on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 6. John Wenzel, The Know, "Tool, Bone Thugs, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and more Colorado concerts on sale this week," 7 Sep. 2019

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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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3 Nov 2019

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The first known use of dude was in 1877

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dude

noun
How to pronounce dude (audio)

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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