Dude is a slang term for greeting between men and means “guy” or “man”. For example: “Dude! So how are you?” Popularized by movies and TV shows, it has a distinctive touch of American West Coast hippie culture.
The term “Dude” might derive from the 18th-century word “doodle”, as in “Yankee Doodle Dandy”. In the popular press of the 1880s and 1890s, ‘dude’ was a new word for ‘dandy’ – an ‘extremely well-dressed man’, a man who took particular pride in his looks.
Dude is in no way derogatory or disrespectful, but not appropriate in formal language. It has a counterculture vibe as it became popular in the 1960’s surfer culture. In more modern culture of the 1990s, Bart’s type is used by The Simpsons and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”.
On this page, you can discover 29 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions and related words for guy, like: guy, dandy, fellow, lad, fellow, dude, hotshot, lol, buster, mofo and idiot.
The word was introduced by artist Robert Barker around 1789, the year the Bastille prison fell, to describe a device for which he had applied for a patent two years earlier .
Yes. A casual term originally used to address only strictly male friends and is still the norm, some have gone genderless and some friends have called me “Dude”. This has happened very rarely, most friends don’t call me “dude” but better than being called “Dudette” which sounds so stupid!
The origins of “dude”
All people knew was that in the late 19th century people started using “dude” to refer to well-dressed, smart people Americans. It described a certain type of person (usually male) who styled themselves to look richer than they actually were.
“It’s safe to say that dude has totally supplanted the word most commonly uttered by American youth,” asserted Richard Hill in his 1994 treatise on the history of the word “dude.” That may be true, but it turns out “dude” is more popular in some parts of the United States than others.