[dood, dyood]


a man excessively concerned with his clothes, grooming, and manners.
  1. a fellow; chap.
  2. (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!

Verb Phrases past and past participle dud·ed up, present participle dud·ing up.

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.

Nearby words

  1. ductus arteriosis,
  2. ductus venosus,
  3. ductwork,
  4. dud,
  5. duddy,
  6. dude ranch,
  7. dudeen,
  8. dudelsack,
  9. dudette,
  10. dudevant

Origin of dude

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for dude


noun informal

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
Derived Formsdudish, adjectivedudishly, adverb

Word Origin for dude

C19: of unknown origin

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