noun (1)
\ ˈdüp How to pronounce dupe (audio) also ˈdyüp \

Definition of dupe

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: one that is easily deceived or cheated : fool


verb (1)
duped; duping

Definition of dupe (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

: to deceive or cheat easily : to make a dupe (see dupe entry 1) of was duped into buying a counterfeit


noun (2)
plural dupes

Definition of dupe (Entry 3 of 4)

: duplicate This new breed of browsing utility programs can also help you organize the pages you've retrieved, eliminating dupes, throwing out unwanted pages, and storing the useful ones in efficient hierarchies of folders.Fortune "I dropped off the keys … before I left this morning, but I still have a dupe on my key ring."— Stephen King


verb (2)
duped; duping; dupes

Definition of dupe (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive + intransitive

: duplicate, copy dupe a disc The video quality was degraded by repeated duping.

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Other Words from dupe

Verb (1)

duper noun

Examples of dupe in a Sentence

Verb (1) They duped her out of $300. we were duped into thinking the dummy was a real alien

First Known Use of dupe

Noun (1)

1681, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1704, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dupe

Noun (1) and Verb (1)

French, from Middle French duppe, probably alteration of huppe hoopoe

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“Dupe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dupe. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for dupe


\ ˈdüp How to pronounce dupe (audio) , ˈdyüp \

Kids Definition of dupe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who has been or is easily deceived or cheated


duped; duping

Kids Definition of dupe (Entry 2 of 2)

: trick entry 2 Don't be duped into giving them money.

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