Of unknown origin. First attested in 1883 as a New York City slang term of contempt for a "fastidious man, fop". Possibly related to dawdle, to German Low German Dudeldop, Dudendop (“fool, dunce”), from Middle Low German dudendop (“cuckold”, “simpleton”), or to Saterland Frisian Duddigegen (“idiot”).
- (US) enPR: do͞od, IPA(key): /duːd/
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- (Can we verify this pronunciation?) (UK) IPA(key): /djuːd/, /dʒuːd/
- Rhymes: -uːd
dude (plural dudes)
- (slang) A man.
- (slang, used in the vocative) A term of address for a man.
- Relax, dude.
- (originally) An inexperienced cowboy.
- (slang) A tourist.
- (archaic) A dandy, a man who is very concerned about his dress and appearance.
- (man) bloke (British, Australia, New Zealand slang (mainly in Southland)), chap (dated British), cove (dated British), guy
- (term of address for a man) mate (British, Australia)
- (dandy) dandy, fop, masher
- See also Wikisaurus:man
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dude (third-person singular simple present dudes, present participle duding, simple past and past participle duded)
- to address someone with the term of address dude
- ^ “dude” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
- ^ “dude” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online
- ^ “dude” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
- first-person singular present subjunctive of dudar
- third-person singular present subjunctive of dudar
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