Definition of dude in English:

dude

noun

North American
informal
  • 1A man; a guy.

    ‘if some dude smacked me, I'd smack him back’
    • ‘So to the dude who I smacked, if you're reading this, I'm sorry, truly sorry.’
    • ‘Hey dude, thought you said you wanted to talk about the future?’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘See, there's this dude, dude, and he thinks people are too uptight, right?’
    • ‘‘That looks sick, dude,’ Luke chirps, snapping his goggles into place.’
    • ‘Well, I think that's like a secret message, dude.’
    • ‘You know, we've been doing something right, dude.’
    • ‘I know you're on TV and everything, but I've been on TV too, dude.’
    • ‘I'm glad you like it, dude.’
    • ‘Don't turn a blind eye to this mega-chain, dude.’
    • ‘So anyways, hey dudes, we should go downtown tomorrow, eh?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They'd probably just send me emails of congratulatory thanks, signing off with, ‘thanks, dude.’’
    • ‘And I saw what you did with your men in labs, too - very clever, dude.’
    • ‘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, hold on, Pontius has something to say about April Fool's.’
    • ‘Rail transportation's the wave of the future, dude.’
    • ‘Hey dude, I heard that they posted notice of my freedom on your website today, and I am sorry but you got false information.’
    1. 1.1 A stylish, fastidious man.
      ‘cool dudes’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Additionally, any man that can maintain a relationship with Lois Lane has got be a cool dude.’
      • ‘They fantasised about being these cool dudes in a Godard film, but they didn't really get there.’
      • ‘Right off the bat I just met up with the coolest dudes.’
      • ‘Today, I began a new ‘project’ working with a couple of cool dudes based in Swindon.’
      • ‘Here it was the kids who liked punk and new wave who were the cool dudes.’
      • ‘Like starstruck girls, they always go for the coolest dudes.’
      • ‘He was a rarity: a teacher cool enough for the dudes in class, but with solid standards that made sure we did our work.’
      • ‘‘He had a wonderful, confident attitude and stood out as a real dude on the course,’ Yates says.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Everybody knows the coolest dudes in the world have no money.’
      • ‘The Clutch dudes are totally cool and we're having a blast.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are the cool dudes flashing along the byways as if they were racing in the Tour de France.’
      • ‘Julio's such a cool dude I'd hate to see my buddy get hurt.’
      • ‘Atta handled them really well - in fact, he was one cool dude throughout.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We run into each other quite often - he's a cool dude.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 A city-dweller, especially one vacationing on a ranch in the western US.
      • ‘I had written you of a trip up the mountains I had taken with Bill Hawk and the dudes staying on their Ranch.’
      • ‘Many ranches supplemented their incomes by entertaining dudes on vacation.’
      • ‘After he'd kicked so hard against dudes staying at Rainbow, the figures on the monitor showed it was a real gold mine.’
      • ‘The workers were a mixture of the real thing and city dudes playing at the rural life.’
      • ‘I guess we looked like dudes from the city as everyone turned to look us over as we walked in.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]dude up
North American
informal
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

dude

/do͞od/