Definition of dude in English:


Syllabification: dude
Pronunciation: /do͞od
informal , chiefly North American


  • 1A man; a guy: if some dude smacked me, I’d smack him back
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    • 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]
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    • 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.
  • 1.2A city-dweller, especially one vacationing on a ranch in the western US.


[no object] (dude up) Back to top  
  • Dress up elaborately: (as adjective duded) my brother was all duded up in silver and burgundy
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    • 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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