dude
Pronunciation
  • (RP) enPR: d(y)o͞od, IPA: /d(j)uːd/
  • (GA) IPA: /duːd/, [dʉːu̯d]
Noun

dude (plural dudes)

  1. (chiefly, US, colloquial) A man, generally a younger man.
    So we were at the mall and these two dudes just walk up to us and say "hi".
  2. (colloquial, used in the vocative) A term of address#Noun|address for someone, typically a man, particularly when caution#Verb|cautioning him or offering him advice.
    Dude, I'd be careful around the principal; he's having a bad day.
    Watch it, dude; you almost knocked me over.
  3. An inexperienced cowboy.
  4. (slang) A tourist.
  5. (archaic) A man who is very concern#Verb|concerned about his dress and appearance; a dandy, a fop.
Synonyms Translations Translations Interjection
  1. (slang) A term of address, usually for a man, conveying awe, excitement, surprise, etc.
    Dude! You finally called!
Verb

dude (dudes, present participle dudeing; past and past participle duded)

  1. To address#Verb|address someone as dude.
  2. To take a vacation in a dude ranch.
  3. (US) Usually followed by up: to dress up, to wear smart or special clothes.
    • 1994, Sydell I. Voeller, chapter 8, in Her Sister's Keeper, New York, N.Y.: Avalon Press, ISBN 978-0-8034-9063-5; republished Amherst Junction, Wis.: Hard Shell Word Factory, February 2002, ISBN 978-0-7599-0223-7, page 81:
      "Speaking of being duded out …" He shrugged, then handed her the bag. "Here. This is for you." / She reached inside and gasped as she pulled out a white suede western style hat. A glittering gold braid encircled the brim. / "Oh, Zack! It's beautiful. Thank you."



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