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dupe1

[doop, dyoop] /dup, dyup/
noun
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, duping.
3.
to make a dupe of; deceive; delude; trick.
Origin
1675-1685
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 forms
dupable, adjective
dupability, noun
duper, noun
undupable, adjective

dupe2

[doop, dyoop] /dup, dyup/
noun
1.
2.
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.
3.
Television. a duplicate videotape obtained by electronic printing of the original videotape.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), duped, duping.
4.
to duplicate.
adjective
5.
Origin
1895-90; by shortening
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Examples from the web for dupe
  • The first dupe of the accomplished hypocrite is always himself.
  • The confident, mellow guys think it is fun when you dupe him.
  • The characters only move when the human dupe isn't looking.
  • Many of those bills were amateur efforts run off on color copiers that might dupe only a gullible souvenir shop.
  • Newer strains dupe human immune systems and foil conventional vaccines.
  • At one point, the two dupe visitors into buying bogus cocaine.
  • It rushes desperately to establish that she is really the good-hearted dupe of her unscrupulous bosses.
  • She also said they might dupe unsuspecting buyers into thinking they are purchasing an original.
  • The alternative version paints her as a dupe-someone whose well-meaning efforts have only poured fuel on the fire.
  • They may be able to dupe some people, but they're shooting blanks when when it comes to scientists.
British Dictionary definitions for dupe

dupe

/djuːp/
noun
1.
a person who is easily deceived
2.
a person who unwittingly serves as the tool of another person or power
verb
3.
(transitive) to deceive, esp by trickery; make a dupe or tool of; cheat; fool
Derived Forms
dupable, adjective
dupability, noun
duper, noun
dupery, noun
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for dupe
n.

1680s, from French dupe "deceived person," from Middle French duppe (early 15c.), thieves' jargon, perhaps from phrase de huppe "of the hoopoe," an extravagantly crested and reputedly stupid bird.

v.

1704, from dupe (n.). Related: Duped; duping.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dupe

dupe

noun

A duplicate copy of a film or text (1902+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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