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1) Originally, “dude” meant a stuck up person who dressed overly well. It first emerged in the year 1883 in England.

2) Later it was used in the old west to mean a city person who moved to the west without actually know what he was doing. Synonymous with “city-slicker”

3) Later, in California, the term changed from these insults to a term meaning any male, human or otherwise. Sometimes it is used in reference to tom-girls. Now, it is often used for emphasis as well.
“Look at that rich fellow; what a dude! Do you see the feather in his hat?”

“What’s that dude doing in these parts? I bet he can't even ride a horse!”

“Hey dude, I missed you at the movies the other day!”

Dude, that's harsh.”
by past inside the present February 10, 2013
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a word that i use a lot! an either gender neutral or masculine term (depending on surrounding words) that basically means a person.
Ex 1:
Girl 1: did you see that dude over there with the sub?
Girl 2: Yeah. nice beard!
Ex 2:
Me: OMG! dude! where did you get that hat!?!?!
Friend: I got it at icing. THERE WAS A SALE!!!!!!!!!!!
Me and Friend : EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!
(okay thats a little too girly for my taste, but still a good example of how dude can b feminine)
by nuthead678 January 12, 2011
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A word meaning boy or young male figure. When used creatively, "dude" can also refer to a girl. This word is used at the beginning and/or end of sentences.
Dude, did you see that girl in the tight skirt back there?
by Julian T February 20, 2006
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1. "This is dude"
2. "Duuude!"
3. DUDE.
by mexcellent K July 22, 2003
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Normally just referred to as a person. Normally a friend. Alot of surfers talk this way.
by Anthony Capostagno January 02, 2004
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Apparently Oscar Wilde is the first person who came up with this term.
'Dude' - derived from 'Duck' + 'Attitude'
Why/ How come? My guess is as good as yours.
Why/ How come? My guess is as good as yours, dude.
by godknowswhy March 18, 2005
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n. plural of dude however unlike the singular version, may refer to a group of guys and girls.
by reptiles October 04, 2002
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