- a mischievous trick; prank; antic.
- a bauble or trifle.
Origin of dido
First recorded in 1800–10; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for 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
I've even hired spiritualists to come and cut their didoes in the towers and donjon keep.Humorous Ghost Stories
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.The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton
Wardon Allan Curtis
- 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
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
Dido is an image of the unhappy or unrequited lover.
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