[ doop, dyoop ]
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  1. a person who is easily deceived or fooled; gull.

  2. a person who unquestioningly or unwittingly serves a cause or another person: a dupe of the opponents.

verb (used with object),duped, dup·ing.
  1. to make a dupe of; deceive; delude; trick.

Origin of dupe

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

Other words from dupe

  • dup·a·ble, adjective
  • dup·a·bil·i·ty [doo-puh-bil-i-tee, dyoo-], /ˌdu pəˈbɪl ɪ ti, ˌdyu-/, noun
  • dup·er, noun
  • un·dup·a·ble, adjective

Words Nearby dupe

Other definitions for dupe (2 of 2)

[ doop, dyoop ]

  1. Movies.

    • a duplicate picture negative used for making additional release prints or for making special effects to be inserted in the release negative.

    • the procedure for producing such a duplicate.

  1. Television. a duplicate videotape obtained by electronic printing of the original videotape.

verb (used with or without object),duped, dup·ing.

Origin of dupe

First recorded in 1895–90; by shortening

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How to use dupe in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dupe


/ (djuːp) /

  1. a person who is easily deceived

  2. a person who unwittingly serves as the tool of another person or power

  1. (tr) to deceive, esp by trickery; make a dupe or tool of; cheat; fool

Origin of 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

Derived forms of dupe

  • dupable, adjective
  • dupability, noun
  • duper, noun
  • dupery, noun

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