[ doop, dyoop ]
/ dup, dyup /


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.

Nearby words

  1. duotype,
  2. dup,
  3. dup.,
  4. duparc,
  5. dupatta,
  6. dupery,
  7. dupion,
  8. duplation,
  9. duple,
  10. duple rhythm

Origin of dupe

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

Related formsdup·a·ble, adjectivedup·a·bil·i·ty, noundup·er, nounun·dup·a·ble, adjective


[ doop, dyoop ]
/ dup, dyup /


  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.


Origin of dupe

First recorded in 1895–90; by shortening

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British Dictionary definitions for dupe


/ (djuːp) /


a person who is easily deceived
a person who unwittingly serves as the tool of another person or power


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