Definition of dude in English:



North American
  • 1A man; a guy (often as a form of address)

    ‘hey dude, what's up?’
    ‘if some dude smacked me, I'd smack him back’
    • ‘Husseman, a former wolf researcher, pointed and said, ‘Check out the alpenglow, dude.’’
    • ‘Hey dude, why'd you take your mouth off the exhaust pipe?’
    • ‘Don't turn a blind eye to this mega-chain, dude.’
    • ‘Well, I think that's like a secret message, dude.’
    • ‘I know you're on TV and everything, but I've been on TV too, dude.’
    • ‘‘That looks sick, dude,’ Luke chirps, snapping his goggles into place.’
    • ‘If banality is engulfing humankind, they've rallied with the cry: ‘Surf's up, dude!’’
    • ‘I talked to him and said, dude, I don't know who your source is, but I hope you're not using them for anyone else because it's simply completely false.’
    • ‘So to the dude who I smacked, if you're reading this, I'm sorry, truly sorry.’
    • ‘So anyways, hey dudes, we should go downtown tomorrow, eh?’
    • ‘You know, we've been doing something right, dude.’
    • ‘They'd probably just send me emails of congratulatory thanks, signing off with, ‘thanks, dude.’’
    • ‘Rail transportation's the wave of the future, dude.’
    • ‘I'm glad you like it, dude.’
    • ‘And I saw what you did with your men in labs, too - very clever, dude.’
    • ‘See, there's this dude, dude, and he thinks people are too uptight, right?’
    • ‘Hey dude, all you have to do when you watch a TV show is tape the show at the same time that you are watching it.’
    • ‘Hey dude, I heard that they posted notice of my freedom on your website today, and I am sorry but you got false information.’
    • ‘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?’
    1. 1.1A stylish and confident person.
      ‘cool dudes’
      • ‘Additionally, any man that can maintain a relationship with Lois Lane has got be a cool dude.’
      • ‘‘He had a wonderful, confident attitude and stood out as a real dude on the course,’ Yates says.’
      • ‘I couldn't wait to get to the set to play this guy, because I thought he was such a cool dude, and so deliciously devilish, and so funny.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was a rarity: a teacher cool enough for the dudes in class, but with solid standards that made sure we did our work.’
      • ‘Right off the bat I just met up with the coolest dudes.’
      • ‘Everybody knows the coolest dudes in the world have no money.’
      • ‘If you're into your music and fashion this is the bar to be in, full of cool dudes, with no riff-raff in checked shirts, black pants and nice shiny shoes.’
      • ‘We run into each other quite often - he's a cool dude.’
      • ‘The Clutch dudes are totally cool and we're having a blast.’
      • ‘Today, I began a new ‘project’ working with a couple of cool dudes based in Swindon.’
      • ‘Julio's such a cool dude I'd hate to see my buddy get hurt.’
      • ‘They fantasised about being these cool dudes in a Godard film, but they didn't really get there.’
      • ‘Like starstruck girls, they always go for the coolest dudes.’
      • ‘There are the cool dudes flashing along the byways as if they were racing in the Tour de France.’
      • ‘Atta handled them really well - in fact, he was one cool dude throughout.’
      • ‘Here it was the kids who liked punk and new wave who were the cool dudes.’
      • ‘Dan escapes into the noir world of a novel he wrote called The Singing Detective in which foul deeds are done, women are the betrayers and Dan himself is a cool dude.’
      • ‘He had been born and raised in New Rochelle, NY, and even in high school was a cool dude, being voted the best dressed senior.’
    2. 1.2US A city-dweller, especially one holidaying on a ranch in the western US.


[NO OBJECT]North American
  • Dress up elaborately.

    ‘my brother was all duded up in silver and burgundy’
    • ‘Another is of my dad in Stuttgart, Germany, duded up in leather wearing a Leica camera around his neck.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The kid with the blissful smile had grown into this tall, handsome, blonde ladykiller and he'd duded himself up in the coolest of new rags, including one of those trendy sport coats with sleeves you could roll up.’


Late 19th century (denoting a dandy): probably shortened from doodle, perhaps with allusion to Yankee Doodle Dandy.