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”).
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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- 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
- bagpipes (musical instrument)