- a mischievous trick; prank; antic.
- a bauble or trifle.
Origin of dido
First recorded in 1800–10; origin uncertain
- Phoenician Elissa. Classical Mythology. a queen of Carthage who killed herself when abandoned by Aeneas.
- a female given name.
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Examples from the Web for dido
But Dido got to the loot first, and absconded with it to North Africa, where she set up her kingdom.
No naïf or innocent, Dido knows plenty about ambition, and how heartless it can make a (hu)man.
I ought to be a Dido and Niobe and Cassandra rolled into one.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
I wonder if it were very un-soldierly to slip it off and tie it about Dido's neck.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Dido and Jacko are great friends, and play together a great deal.
Tink, tink, a - tink - a - tink, tink - a - tink - a - dido!Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
The Dido and Phlegethonʼs boats were not long in forming alongside.The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido
- an antic; prank; trick
C19: originally US: of uncertain origin
- classical myth a princess of Tyre who founded Carthage and became its queen. Virgil tells of her suicide when abandoned by her lover Aeneas
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Word Origin and History for dido
"prank, caper," 1807, American English slang, perhaps from the name of the Carthaginian queen in the "Aeneid." Usually in phrase to cut didoes.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Dido is an image of the unhappy or unrequited lover.
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