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”). More likely derived from "Yankee Doodle", or dudes (old rags, cf duds), and dudesman a scarecrow.
dude (plural dudes)
- (collouqial) A man, generally a younger man.
- So we were at the mall and these two dudes just walk up to us and say "hi".
- (colloquial, used in the vocative) A more recent, slightly formal address for a young man or teenager, particularly when offering advice or cautioning.
- Dude, I'd be careful around the principal, he's having a bad day.
- Watch it, dude - you almost knocked me over.
- (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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- (slang) A term conveying excitement.
- Dude, I’m glad you finally called.
- 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).
- ^ 2013 August 29, Popik and Cohen, “Comments on Etymology”, number October-November:
- ^ 1994 August 29, Hill, Richard, “You’ve Come a Long Way, Dude—A History”, American Speech, number 69, page 321–27: cited in 2004 August 29, Scott F. Kiesling, “Dude”, American Speech, number 3:
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