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
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Related Words for didoes

caper, antic, prank

Examples from the Web for didoes

Historical Examples of didoes

  • I hope you ain't a-goin' to stand up for your son in his didoes.

    Chester Rand

    Horatio Alger, Jr

  • And had she not the athletic prowess to cut the didoes of Doug?

    The Shriek

    Charles Somerville

  • I've even hired spiritualists to come and cut their didoes in the towers and donjon keep.

    Humorous Ghost Stories

    Dorothy Scarborough

  • But you see they all loved Harry so much, that they were almost crazy, and that made them cut up all these didoes.

    The Big Nightcap Letters

    Frances Elizabeth Barrow

  • She said the next time she knew of me cutting up any didoes, she would get a divorce.

British Dictionary definitions for didoes


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 didoes



"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

didoes 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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