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[dood, dyood] /dud, dyud/
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 duded up, present participle duding 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.
1880-85, Americanism; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for dudes
  • No company survives the long term by hiring the mediocre to protect one dudes job.
  • Because this seems to be a bunch of dudes with insecurity issues more than anything else.
  • Spiders and small flies of all sorts seem to be night dudes too.
  • Especially when the big proponents all seem to be such fancy dudes.
  • We take all our intelligence from the warlords dudes, basically settling scores they wish they could have settled long ago.
  • The dudes already there were looking rough and tired.
  • Last year, dudes walked around the convention floor in exoskeletons.
  • Paramilitary cops in ski masks taking dudes into custody.
  • And for the dudes, technology has yet to offer up an easy way to track your hormones.
  • So come on dudes, cut these government types a break.
British Dictionary definitions for dudes


/duːd; djuːd/
noun (informal)
(Western US & Canadian) a city dweller, esp one holidaying on a ranch
(mainly US & Canadian) a dandy
(US & Canadian) a person: often used to any male in direct address
Derived Forms
dudish, adjective
dudishly, adverb
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dudes



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dudes


  1. A dapper man, esp one who is ostentatiously dressed; dandy •In earliest use, to quote an 1891 source, a dude was ''not a dandy; there is nothing gallant or dashing about him. He is soberness itself; he is as respectable as an undertaker. Yet your real dude is irresistibly comic'' (1883+)
  2. A guest at a Western or Western-style ranch (1883+)
  3. A man; fellow; cat, guy: I'm sittin' in the bus stop, just me an' these other three dudes (1918+)

[origin unknown; perhaps an invented word]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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