dude

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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]

dude (plural dudes)

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  1. (slang) A man.
  2. (slang, used in the vocative) A term of address for a man.
    Relax, dude.
  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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Translations[edit]

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Derived terms[edit]

Interjection[edit]

  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. ^ 2013 July 2, Popik and Cohen, “Comments on Etymology”, number October-November: 
  5. ^ 1994 July 2, Hill, Richard, “You’ve Come a Long Way, Dude—A History”, American Speech, number 69, page 321–27:  cited in 2004 July 2, Scott F. Kiesling, “Dude”, American Speech, number 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]

Pronunciation[edit]

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.