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Origin uncertain, though likely derived from doodle (“fool, simpleton, mindless person”), perhaps with reference to the fashionable “Yankee Doodle dandy” in the 18th-century lyrics of the song “Yankee Doodle”; the word is first attested in 1883 as a New York City slang term of contempt for a “fastidious man, fop”.
It has also been suggested that the word is derived from dudes (“old rags”; compare duds) and dudesman (“scarecrow”), or possibly related to dawdle; to German Low German Dudeldop, Dudendop (“fool, dunce”), from Middle Low German dudendop (“cuckold; simpleton”); or to Saterland Frisian Duddigegen (“idiot”).
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: d(y)o͞od, IPA(key): /d(j)uːd/
- (General American) IPA(key): /dud/
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- Rhymes: -uːd
dude (plural dudes)
- (colloquial) A man, generally a younger man.
- So we were at the mall and these two dudes just walk up to us and say "hi".
- (colloquial, used in the vocative) A term of address for a teenager or young man, particularly when cautioning him or offering him advice.
- Dude, I'd be careful around the principal, he's having a bad day.
- Watch it, dude – you almost knocked me over.
- An inexperienced cowboy.
- (slang) A tourist.
- (archaic) A man who is very concerned about his dress and appearance; a dandy, a fop.
- (man): bloke (British, Australia, New Zealand slang (mainly in Southland)), chap (dated British), cove (dated British), guy
- (term of address for a man): mate (British, Australia)
- (man concerned about his appearance): dandy, fop, masher
- See also Wikisaurus:man
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- (slang) A term of address, usually for a man, conveying awe, excitement, surprise, etc.
- Dude! You finally called!
- ^ Barry Popik; Gerald Cohen (October–November 2013) Comments on Etymology, volume 23, issue 1; see Allan Metcalf (21 October 2013), “Dude!”, in The Chronicle of Higher Education, archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
- ^ “dude” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
- ^ “dude” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online.
- ^ “dude” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
- ^ Richard Hill (1994), “You’ve Come a Long Way, Dude—A History”, in American Speech, issue 69, pages 321–327, cited in Scott F[abius] Kiesling (2004), “Dude”, in American Speech, volume 79, issue 3.
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