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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fellow, dude, busternoun

    an informal form of address for a man

    "Say, fellow, what are you doing?"; "Hey buster, what's up?"

  2. dandy, dude, fop, gallant, sheik, beau, swell, fashion plate, clotheshorsenoun

    a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance


  1. dudenoun

    A man.

  2. dudenoun

    A term of address for a man.

    Relax, dude.

  3. dudenoun

    An inexperienced cowboy.

  4. dudenoun

    A tourist.

  5. dudenoun

    A dandy, a man who is very concerned about his dress and appearance.

  6. Etymology: 1883, New York slang for "fastidious man, fop", originally a term of contempt. Probably from a shortening of dudendop, dudenkop, dudeldop, related to dudkop, duddekop, Dude, dudden. See dawdle.


  1. Dude

    Dude is American English slang for an individual, typically male. From the 1870s to the 1960s, dude primarily meant a person who dressed in an extremely fashionable manner (a dandy) or a conspicuous citified person who was visiting a rural location, a "city slicker". In the 1960s, dude evolved to mean any male person, a meaning that slipped into mainstream American slang in the 1970s. Current slang retains at least some use of all three of these common meanings.


  1. DUDE

    Dude is a slang term that is commonly used to refer to a male friend or acquaintance. It can also be used more broadly to address someone in a casual or informal manner, regardless of gender. The term is often associated with American culture and is used to express familiarity, camaraderie, or a relaxed attitude.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dudenoun

    a kind of dandy; especially, one characterized by an ultrafashionable style of dress and other affectations


  1. Dude

    Dude is an American English slang term for an individual. It typically applies to males, although the word can encompass all genders. Dude is an old term, recognized by multiple generations although potentially with slightly different meanings. From the 1870s to the 1960s, dude primarily meant a person who dressed in an extremely fashion-forward manner or a citified person who was visiting a rural location but stuck out. In the 1960s, dude evolved to mean companion, a meaning that slipped into mainstream American slang in the 1970s. Current slang retains at least some use of all three of these common meanings.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dude

    dūd, n. (slang) a fop or dandy, esp. remarkable for the exquisite make and quality of his clothes.—adj. Dū′dish.—n. Dū′dism. [Hardly from dud.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. dudenoun

    A person.

  2. dudenoun

    your friend, your nigga, your homie, etc. Dude, i totally miss you I really fu**ing miss you I'm all alone, All the time, all the time -- TENACIOUS D (Dude(I totally miss you))

Editors Contribution

  1. Dude

    A slang to refer to a man or a guy.

    Hey dude! You finally got here! Did you forget where my house was?

    Submitted by anonymous on May 12, 2019  

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  1. DUDE

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Dude

    An American name for a fop, derived from a very old English word, “dudes,” whence we have the slang term “Duds,” for clothes.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DUDE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dude is ranked #88685 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dude surname appeared 209 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Dude.

    53.1% or 111 total occurrences were White.
    27.7% or 58 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    8.1% or 17 total occurrences were Black.
    5.2% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.3% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dude in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of dude in a Sentence

  1. Dick Gregory:

    I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark.

  2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off:

    Grace Oh, he's very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebies, dickheads--they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude.

  3. Natalie Portman:

    We're in a culture where it is regular for men to behave badly and for women to be hurt, but it is a complete shift because all of us were like,' Oh, God, he's a bad dude,' and now it's' No, this is abusive behavior — not just a bad dude.'.

  4. Tyreek Hill:

    I’ve had a chance to see Tua throw the ball, to Tyreek Hill, but … he’s that due, bro. Like, what a lot of people do n’t know, like, I ’m not just saying this because he’s my quarterback now … Like, I ’m not trying to get more targets right now, but what I ’m trying to say is Tua is that deal, bro, bro, he has a heck of an arm, bro. He’s accurate. He can throw the deep ball, and he actually goes through his reads, where people are like on Twitter like saying, ‘ Oh, he does n’t go through his reads. ’ Man, this dude is that dude.

  5. The Blonde Jon:

    No one cares to contact this random ass dude!

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