\ 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 dude has got how many slams, how much money in the bank account? Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Rafael Nadal edges past Nick Kyrgios in Center Court thriller," 4 July 2019 Ed Sheeran and the Jonas Brothers are the only notable dudes on the list. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "The winners in Nielsen's music report? Billie Eilish, streaming, rap and ... Michael Jackson," 28 June 2019 The company Instagram feed is eerily reminiscent of the notorious Fyre Festival promotional video — populated by tan, slim women in tiny bikinis and the occasional muscular dude lounging by sparkling bodies of water. Washington Post, "Swans. Pineapples. Angel wings. How the novelty pool float conquered Instagram.," 28 June 2019 And yet, Smithe — real name Luis Enrique — is very much a Mexican dude, circa 2019. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "One of Mexico City’s trendsetters is bringing his art and music to Denver," 16 June 2019 The dude may have paid $20,000 for his courtside seat, but that doesn’t give him the freedom to push players — albeit a very light push. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Kyle Lowry got pushed by a Warriors fan after diving into the first row," 5 June 2019 Yes, Bran—the same dude who turned into a crow and flew around for a bit while the walking dead were trying to overthrow the planet (a real help there). Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Why the Women of Game of Thrones Deserved Better," 20 May 2019 In Marvel’s comic books, the weird dudes that Lee is talking to are a part of an entity known as the Watchers, the most famous of which is Uatu. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Watch: Every Stan Lee cameo from every single Marvel movie he appeared in," 14 Nov. 2018 Bob is a dude in distress and your gal pal is in damsel-to-the-rescue mode. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "My roommate is my best friend. Now she wants her boyfriend to move in, too.," 15 June 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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