\ 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?


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


dudish \ ˈd(y)üd-​ish How to pronounce dudish (audio) \ 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


a dude given to sporting expensive suits and flashy jewelry OK, dude, whatever you say.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The other guys are fine, too, but there is just too much time spent on Cher trying to placate these dudes in all their neediness. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Just belt out 'Believe!' Pre-Broadway 'Cher Show' needs to let the Chers take charge," 28 June 2018 Consisting of these guys, these dudes, mostly from Boston, not exclusively. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘The King of Content’ author Keach Hagey talks with Peter Kafka about Sumner Redstone’s crazy life," 28 June 2018 The senior hurdler for Arlington Seguin is one relaxed dude. Rick Mauch, star-telegram, "UIL State Meet Preview: Arlington ISD student is fastest 110 hurdler in the country, but he's not satisfied | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 10 May 2018 Can one dude just stay on you in the pick and roll and just shut you down when your team needs you the most? Sean Meagher, OregonLive.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers-Indiana Pacers Game 2 score: NBA playoffs 2018," 18 Apr. 2018 The dude behind him, who might have gotten a faceful of it too. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen and John Legend's Date Went Horribly, Hilariously Awry," 10 Apr. 2019 If the floor for this dude, at this point, is the best player on the planet, the ceiling is unimaginable. Ted Berg, For The Win, "Mike Trout Monday: Let's get carried away!," 21 May 2018 The Celebrities: YouTubers Dan and Phil The Promposal: True American hero Krysta Bound asked TWO dudes to prom — one for each arm. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "10 Epic Celebrity Promposals You Need to See Now," 11 Apr. 2019 Marc Jacobs’s 1987 Freudian slip, for example, is shown on a butch male mannequin, while Stella McCartney’s banana-print swimwear for Chloé is presented alongside a teensy pair of banana trunks for dudes by Libertine. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "An Exclusive First Look at the Met’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion” Catalog," 3 Apr. 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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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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