dude

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English[edit]

“Now sr. you’r a compleat macaroni”, an 18th-century engraving by James Caldwall after a work by Michel-Vincent Brandoin, from the collection of the Wellcome Library in London, UK. It is a caricature of a “macaroni” – a dandy or fop – strolling with his hat off. His wig is so heavy that his hairdresser is supporting its weight. The word dude used to be slang for a fastidious man or fop.

Etymology[edit]

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”;[1] the word is first attested in 1883[2][3] as a New York City slang term of contempt for a “fastidious man, fop”.[4]

It has also been suggested that the word is derived from dudes (“old rags”; compare duds) and dudesman(scarecrow),[5] 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).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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 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.
  3. An inexperienced cowboy.
  4. (slang) A tourist.
  5. (archaic) A man who is very concerned about his dress and appearance; a dandy, a fop.

Alternative forms[edit]

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

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Translations[edit]

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Interjection[edit]

dude

  1. (slang) A term of address, usually for a man, conveying awe, excitement, surprise, etc.
    Dude! 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 as dude.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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[1], archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  2. ^ dude” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  3. ^ dude” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online.
  4. ^ dude” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  5. ^ 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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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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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.