noun, plural di·dos, di·does. Usually didos, didoes. Informal.

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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Related Words for dido

caper, antic, prank

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noun plural -dos or -does (usually plural) informal

an antic; prank; trick

Word Origin for dido

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.

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dido in Culture



In Roman mythology, the founder and queen of Carthage in north Africa. She committed suicide in grief over the departure of her lover, the hero Aeneas.


Dido is an image of the unhappy or unrequited lover.
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