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dupe

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[ doop, dyoop ]
/ dup, dyup /
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noun
a person who is easily deceived or fooled; gull.
a person who unquestioningly or unwittingly serves a cause or another person: a dupe of the opponents.
verb (used with object), duped, dup·ing.
to make a dupe of; deceive; delude; trick.
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Origin of dupe

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1675–85; <French; Middle French duppe for *(tête) d'uppe head of hoopoe, i.e., fool (compare tête de fou) <Vulgar Latin *uppa,Latin upupa hoopoe, a bird thought to be especially stupid; cf. hoopoe

OTHER WORDS FROM dupe

dup·a·ble, adjectivedup·a·bil·i·ty, nounduper, nounun·dup·a·ble, adjective

Other definitions for dupe (2 of 2)

dupe2
[ doop, dyoop ]
/ dup, dyup /
Informal.

noun
Movies.
  1. a duplicate picture negative used for making additional release prints or for making special effects to be inserted in the release negative.
  2. the procedure for producing such a duplicate.
Television. a duplicate videotape obtained by electronic printing of the original videotape.
verb (used with or without object), duped, dup·ing.
adjective

Origin of dupe

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First recorded in 1895–90; by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for dupe

dupe
/ (djuːp) /

noun
a person who is easily deceived
a person who unwittingly serves as the tool of another person or power
verb
(tr) to deceive, esp by trickery; make a dupe or tool of; cheat; fool

Derived forms of dupe

dupable, adjectivedupability, nounduper, noundupery, noun

Word Origin for dupe

C17: from French, from Old French duppe, contraction of de huppe of (a) hoopoe (from Latin upupa); from the bird's reputation for extreme stupidity
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