When can I use "dude"?
You can use the word "dude" when speaking with friends or people you are close to. "Dude" is a slang English word for a man; a guy. However, this does not have to be gender-specific. Some women will call her female friends dudes. I recommend you only use this with people you are close to. If you use it with someone who is older than you, he or she might take offense. It isn't an offensive word, but it is not very formal with elderly people nor is it formal with people you don't know well. Ex: Dude, where is my car? Ex: Hey dude! What are you up to? Ex: Dude, this sucks! I didn't want to fail the class.
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