dudess

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English[edit]

Rodeo Cowgirl by American artist Charles Marion Russell (1864–1926)

Etymology[edit]

dude +‎ -ess.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈd(j)uːdɛs/
  • Hyphenation: du‧dess

Noun[edit]

dudess (plural dudesses)

  1. A female dude.
    1. (dated) A cowgirl.
    2. A woman, generally a younger woman, especially one who is perceived to be cool or hip.
      • 1988, Larry Beinhart, You Get What You Pay For, New York, N.Y.: William Morrow and Company, ISBN 978-0-688-06613-0:
        “Sorry, dude,” I said. “Dispatch One, she's gonna call me?” / “Yo, the dudess,” he said, heading out the door.
      • 1997, Ed Dunlop, chapter 10, in “How Do I Get These Kids to Listen?”: Practical Ways to Gain and Hold Attention in the Classroom, Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Sword of the Lord Publishers, ISBN 978-0-87398-392-1, page 181:
        DEALING WITH DEFIANT DUDES (AND DUDESSES) [chapter title]
      • 2007, “Foreword”, in Otto Penzler, editor, Dead Man's Hand, Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, ISBN 978-0-15-101277-0:
        Those smart dudes (and dudesses) on ESPN (and virtually every other channel, it seems) winning hundreds of thousands, or even millions, at Texas Hold 'Em, don't become legends because they're lucky, although that is an element of poker, as it is in life, that should never be discounted.

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