• informal , chiefly North American
- 1A man; a guy: if some dude smacked me, I’d smack him backMore example sentences
- Hey dude, hold on, Pontius has something to say about April Fool's.
- Hey dude, thought you said you wanted to talk about the future?
- Hey dude, why'd you take your mouth off the exhaust pipe?
- 1.1A stylish, fastidious man: cool dudes[a slang term that came into vogue in New York circa1883, in connection with the 'aesthetic' craze of the period]More example sentences
- The Clutch dudes are totally cool and we're having a blast.
- Then, I turned to the cool dudes on the right to see how they were reacting, and nearly fell off my berth - it was them.
- Everybody knows the coolest dudes in the world have no money.
verb[no object] (dude up) Back to top
- Dress up elaborately: (as adjective duded) my brother was all duded up in silver and burgundyMore example sentences
- He's 55 years old, the hair largely gray now, all duded up like a college professor, and he's backed by a huge American flag in this union hall in Ashland, Ohio.
- Either way, it's an excuse to get all duded up, and hang out with a bunch of folks I know.
- In one photograph he stands in his lambing camp, duded up in a white shirt, black vest, and tie.
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- His need to hunt and gather has led him to amass more typically dudish things like Star Wars figures, useless and broken garage-sale finds, and, most recently, sounds of all kinds.
late 19th century: probably from German dialect Dude 'fool'.
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