What Does it Mean When a Girl Calls You a Dude?

August 11, 2023

Before there was 'bro', there was dude. A fancily-dressed gentleman of the nineteenth century, 'dude' was used to describe foppish members of the Aesthetic Movement. Jeff Bridges' dandyish character in The Big Lebowski epitomised the spirit of dudeness.

But what does it mean if a girl calls you dude? Does it mean that she's friend-zoned you or is there a chance for romance? It all depends on her context and how she treats you in other ways.

If she only uses dude as a casual nickname for you, it's likely that she views you more as a friend than as someone she's interested in romantically. She may even have other signs that she's in the friend zone, such as only hanging out with you in a group or not opening up to you.

On the other hand, if she only uses dude for you when she's flirting, it might be a sign that she's into you and wants to test the waters. She'll probably also use other flirty words and body language to let you know how she feels.

If she's flirting with you, try to respond in a similar way to keep the momentum going. Give her a few compliments but don't go overboard as it can come off as insincere. A genuine 'I love your cute dimples' or 'cool new haircut' will be appreciated, though. Alternatively, you could ask her to do something exciting and out of the ordinary like going for a bike ride or eating at her favorite restaurant.


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