\ 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 Diplo is a garden-variety white dude, Walshy Fire is Jamaican, and Jillionaire is Trinidadian. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Straight to (CO)Video: We’re finally getting around to watching these things," 19 Apr. 2020 And Hal has always treated me open arms, warm smile and just was always the funniest dude. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'SNL' recap: Tina Fey, Bill Hader, Adam Sandler honor late music producer Hal Willner," 12 Apr. 2020 Becky had always been straight, and Viki and I thought the Peruvian was a dude from the Andes. Joseph O’neill, The New Yorker, "The Flier," 4 Nov. 2019 But Tomlin is a black dude who went from William & Mary to becoming an NFL head coach. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "There’s More History to Antonio Brown’s History," 16 Sep. 2019 That’s all Margot on roller skates, fighting a bunch of dudes on a moving carousel. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Bird of Prey' Filmmaker Cathy Yan Reflects on Box Office and Scene She Fought For," 3 Apr. 2020 Every year, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla—basically a group of rich, old dudes dressed up as swashbucklers—sail into downtown Tampa on a replica pirate ship and demand that the mayor hand over the key to the city and then celebrate with a parade. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Tom Brady’s Survival Guide to Tampa," 21 Mar. 2020 And thus began the tradition of Siskel and Ebert Saturday nights with my dudes. Dipti S. Barot, Longreads, "Thumbing a Ride: What I Learned from Siskel and Ebert," 26 Nov. 2019 From our drop-top Jeep, the ocean looks like a disco ball, with glints of sunlight and the toothy snarls of demigod surfers and their girls (or demigoddess surfers and their dudes). Chris Erskinecolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Have a California moment at Neptune’s Net, a landmark seafood shack in Malibu," 8 Aug. 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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18 May 2020

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“Dude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dude. Accessed 27 May. 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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