\ 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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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 Playful tuxes Here's to the dudes who ditched basic black. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "5 fashion trends that dominated Oscar season, from opera gloves to lady tuxedos," 4 Feb. 2020 At least Zuckerberg and the Alphabet dudes run profitable companies with high valuations. Steven Levy, Wired, "The 2010s Killed the Cult of the Tech Founder. Great!," 26 Dec. 2019 The cultural impact has been immense and immediate for the modern non-fictional dude and those who seek him. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "Film showed women that softboys are the emotionally intelligent men they wanted all along," 19 Dec. 2019 An answer comes from the indefatigable Bill Henry, Little Rock's chief traffic dude. Arkansas Online, "DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Let's cross that bridge within law," 7 Dec. 2019 The next dude sees them and tries to follow ... a sinker. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Along the Denali Highway, snow is a go but ice is dicey," 23 Nov. 2019 Feeling honored to be Fem out here rockin w the big dudes. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Miley Cyrus Parties in Vegas with Tish and Brandi Cyrus (and Her Dog) Following Split with Kaitlynn Carter," 22 Sep. 2019 The dudes who are gonna be wearing this hoodie aren’t activists who wanna spread awareness. Josiah Bates, Time, "Streetwear Fashion Label Designs Hoodies With School Shooting 'Slogans'," 18 Sep. 2019 No surprise that the charismatic dude with white-blond hair could pull that one off. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Remembering Rutger Hauer, Black-Armored Knight of the Genre," 24 July 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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10 Feb 2020

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“Dude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dudish?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=dude0002. Accessed 19 Feb. 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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