Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An easily deceived person.
  • n. A person who functions as the tool of another person or power.
  • transitive v. To deceive (an unwary person). See Synonyms at deceive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To swindle, deceive, or trick.
  • v. To duplicate a photographic image.
  • n. A person who has been deceived.
  • n. A duplicate of a photographic image.
  • n. A duplicate of an order receipt printed for kitchen staff.
  • n. A duplicate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who has been deceived or who is easily deceived; a gull.
  • transitive v. To deceive; to trick; to mislead by imposing on one's credulity; to gull.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person who is deceived; one who is led astray by false representations or conceptions; a victim of credulity: as, the dupe of a designing rogue; he is a dupe to his imagination.
  • To deceive; trick; mislead by imposing on one's credulity: as, to dupe a person by flattery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fool or hoax
  • n. a person who is tricked or swindled

Etymologies

French, from Old French, probably alteration of huppe, hoopoe (from the bird's stupid appearance); see hoopoe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Pilon's friend and favorite dupe is small-time crook, Danny Alvarez, who has inherited two houses and a gold watch from his late grandfather, and who later falls in love with Dolores Ramirez.

    Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat

  • Calling someone a terrorist dupe is nowhere the same as calling them EVIL.

    Think Progress » Karl Rove attacks the blogosphere.

  • In what KCNA called "an interview" that he gave of his own free will to authorities, Park said he'd been a dupe, that is, a dupe of all that stuff spread by human-rights advocates overseas about the horrors of life in North Korea.

    Asia Times Online

  • And yet maybe technology is doing in the long-term dupe, the dangerous liaison where no one gets caught and no one pays.

    msnbc.com: Top msnbc.com headlines

  • Also, sometimes because I use a painfully clever title dupe check won't pick up that it's the same as another story in upcoming.

    digg.com: Stories / Popular

  • McCain was and is, a dupe, which is an offense far greater than any imagined 'appeasement'.

    Clinton: McCain's '2013' speech like 'Mission Accomplished'

  • Besides being a religious shyster, or a hoodwinked dupe, that is.

    Waaay off topic - The Panda's Thumb

  • Page 261 but a colossal dupe, which is worse than being a criminal.

    Idle Comments

  • The majority of these were found in hedgesparrows 'nests, and the absolute dissimilarity between the great spotted egg of the cuckoo and the little blue egg of its so-called dupe would have impressed even a colour-blind animal.

    Birds in the Calendar

  • Seizing the hand of Taffy, the sorcerer hurried him out of the cave, moved the stone back in its place and motioning to Taffy to do the same, he quickly shoveled and kicked the loose dirt in the hole and stamped it down: When Taffy turned to look for him, he was gone, without even taking the trouble to call his dupe a fool.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

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  • “But in New York, a city that has become almost synonymous with high security, where office employees wear picture IDs and surveillance cameras are on the rise, some officers don’t wear their badges on patrol.

    Instead, they wear fakes.

    Called “dupes,” these phony badges are often just a trifle smaller than real ones but otherwise completely authentic. Officers use them because losing a real badge can mean paperwork and a heavy penalty, as much as 10 days’ pay.”

    The New York Times, The Officer Is Real; The Badge May Be an Impostor, by Ray Rivera, November 30, 2009

    December 1, 2009

  • Because they believe the bird was...well, not too smart. :-) Great etymology, sionnach--thanks!

    November 5, 2007

  • This comes from a bird! The French word huppe means a certain small, elaborately crested bird, which we call the hoopoe. In Middle French the phrase du huppe ("of the hoopoe") became slang duppe, meaning a dupe, and passed into English with the same meaning.

    Wordcraft archives, September 2004

    November 5, 2007