dude

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See also: dudé and dudë

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • dood (nonstandard)
  • dewd (nonstandard)
  • d00d (Internet slang)

Etymology[edit]

Of unknown origin. First attested in 1883[1][2] as a New York City slang term of contempt for a "fastidious man, fop".[3] 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). More likely derived from "Yankee Doodle",[4] or dudes (old rags, cf duds), and dudesman a scarecrow.[5]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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dude ‎(plural dudes)

  1. (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".
  2. (colloquial, used in the vocative) A more recent, slightly formal address for a young man or teenager, particularly when offering advice or cautioning.
    Dude, I'd be careful around the principal, he's having a bad day.
    Watch it, dude - you almost knocked me over.
  3. (originally) An inexperienced cowboy.
  4. (slang) A tourist.
  5. (archaic) A dandy, a man who is very concerned about his dress and appearance.

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Derived terms[edit]

Interjection[edit]

dude

  1. (slang) A term conveying excitement.
    Dude, I’m glad you finally called.

Verb[edit]

dude ‎(third-person singular simple present dudes, present participle duding, simple past and past participle duded)

  1. to address someone with the term of address dude

References[edit]

  1. ^ dude” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. ^ dude” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online.
  3. ^ dude” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  4. ^ Popik and Cohen (2013), “Comments on Etymology”, in (Please provide the title of the work), issue October-November
  5. ^ Hill, Richard (1994), “You’ve Come a Long Way, Dude—A History”, in American Speech, issue 69, page 321–27 cited in Scott F. Kiesling (2004), “Dude”, in American Speech, issue 3

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Asturian[edit]

Verb[edit]

dude

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of dudar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of dudar

Middle English[edit]

Verb[edit]

dude

  1. did

Slovene[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

dúde f pl ‎(genitive dúd, plurale tantum)

  1. bagpipes (musical instrument)

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Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

dude

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of dudar.
  2. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of dudar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of dudar.