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dude [dood] noun.Eng (slang)
plural dudes, origin: uncertain

1. informal way of saying hello
2. slang, calling for a man or a boy; but generally accepted for female gender as well.
3. a man who dresses flashily

I thought why not search about this term which is so useful; so here's a quote below from this paper.

....... dude is an address term that is used mostly by young men to address other young men; however, its use has expanded so that it is now used as a general address term for a group (same or mixed gender), and by and to women. Dude is developing into a discourse marker that need not identify an addressee, but more generally encodes the speaker’s stance to his or her current addressee(s).

Further googling into this word, only to find the following quotes from FINDING NEMO

Crush: Dude? Dude? Focus Dude... Dude?
Crush: Oh, he lives. Hey, Dude!
Crush: Hundred and fifty, and still young, Dude. Rock on.
Crush: Saw the whole thing, Dude. First you were all like "whoa", and we were like "whoa", and you were like "whoa..."

................................................................................................ for more movie quotes - THIS WAY, DUDE

Lately I've been trying to find the exact meanings of words such as dude, nerd, whiz-kid, geek, polymath and philomath - just in case.

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