- a man excessively concerned with his clothes, grooming, and manners.
- a fellow; chap.
- (a general term of address used to a man, woman, or group).
- a person reared in a large city.
- Western U.S. an urban Easterner who vacations on a ranch.
- (an expression of shock, approval, sympathy, or other strong feeling): Dude! That's one expensive sandwich!
- dude up, Informal. to dress in one's fanciest, best, or most stylish clothes; dress up: He got all duded up to go to the dance.
Origin of dude
Examples from the Web for dude
The biggest misfire here, though, was the notion that anyone would believe that this dude looked at all like Prince Harry.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More
December 19, 2014
For his part though, the dude with the inner grandma is pretty much just looking ahead.Chris Colfer on Writing, Acting, and the Pain of Being A Pop Culture Trailblazer
December 15, 2014
Not only, in the rarest of cases, where there a female lead in a blockbuster action movie, but the damsel in distress was a dude.Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’
November 28, 2014
The NSFW video shows Silverman solving the gender pay gap by “becoming a dude” and getting a sex change.Sarah Silverman’s History of Pro-Woman, Liberal, and Vagina-Related Activism
October 8, 2014
But Mrs. Crane insists that she has pledged her heart to one dude and one dude only.Naked Ben Franklin Christens the Campy Return of ‘Sleepy Hollow’
September 23, 2014
Probably he was the kind of man that the name sounded like; a dude with pink cheeks.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
I allow you to—er—ornament my weir-pole, and 'tain't every dude I'd let do that.'Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
Having a dude puncher on our range kind of stirred up my emulosity.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
"What, our own dude going to camp in the wilderness," cried Tom.The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle
Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
Thus a man who is noted for his dress is a "swell," a "dude," or a "sport."As A Chinaman Saw Us
- Western US and Canadian a city dweller, esp one holidaying on a ranch
- mainly US and Canadian a dandy
- US and Canadian a person: often used to any male in direct address
Word Origin and History for dude
1883, "fastidious man," New York City slang of unknown origin. The vogue word of 1883, originally used in reference to the devotees of the "aesthetic" craze, later applied to city slickers, especially Easterners vacationing in the West (e.g. dude ranch, first recorded 1921).
Now, "tenderfoot" is not to be construed as the Western equivalent of that much evolved and more abused specimen of mankind, familiarly styled "dude." For even the Montana cowboy recognizes the latter. Not that he has ever seen the true prototype of a class that was erstwhile so numerous among us. But he is convinced that a person caught in the act of wearing a white linen collar, and who looks as though he might have recently shaved or washed his face, must be a dude, true and proper. ["Random Notes and Observations of a Trip through the Great Northwest," "The Medical Record," Oct. 20, 1883]
Application to any male is recorded by 1966, U.S., originally in Black English.