- the aforesaid; the above; the same (used in accounts, lists, etc., to avoid repetition). Abbreviation: do. Symbol: ″.Compare ditto mark.
- another of the same.
- Informal. a duplicate; copy.
- as already stated; likewise.
- to make a copy of, using a Ditto machine.
- to duplicate or repeat the action or statement of (another person).
Origin of ditto
Examples from the Web for ditto
Contemporary Examples of ditto
Ditto Virginia, but in reverse; culturally, northern Virginia is Yankee land (but with gun shops).Dems, It’s Time to Dump Dixie
December 8, 2014
When the former engaged in his drone filibuster, Cruz showed up in support; ditto for Paul when Cruz held an Obamacare filibuster.Rand Paul Beats Ted Cruz, Saves NSA From ‘Reform’
Tim Mak, Olivia Nuzzi
November 19, 2014
Ditto Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who won easily, and might parlay his success into a presidential bid.For Conservatives, Liberal Tears Taste Sweet
November 5, 2014
Ditto that the Court acted (or in-acted) “without providing any explanation whatsoever.”Who Are the Judicial Activists Now?
October 7, 2014
Ditto for Nancy Writebol the other American flown back in that dramatic first wave.The CDC Was Wrong About How to Stop Ebola
October 1, 2014
Historical Examples of ditto
In tabular work reversed commas are used as a sign for ditto.
The dash is sometimes used in catalogue work as a ditto mark.
Ditto,” cried Waller still more emphatically; “what say you, Hawkswing?The Wild Man of the West
The fodder is odious, not fit for a pig, and the wine is ditto.The New Tenant
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Cromwell was mad and a quack; Anselm, Becket, Goethe, ditto ditto.Past and Present
- the aforementioned; the above; the same. Used in accounts, lists, etc, to avoid repetition and symbolized by two small marks (ˌ) known as ditto marks, placed under the thing repeatedAbbreviation: do
- a duplicate
- (as modifier)a ditto copy
- in the same way
- informal used to avoid repeating or to confirm agreement with an immediately preceding sentence
- (tr) to copy; repeat
Word Origin for ditto
Word Origin and History for ditto
1620s, Tuscan dialectal ditto "(in) the said (month or year)," literary Italian detto, past participle of dire "to say," from Latin dicere (see diction).
Originally used in Italian to avoid repetition of month names in a series of dates; generalized meaning of "same as above" first recorded in English 1670s. Dittohead, self-description of followers of U.S. radio personality Rush Limbaugh, attested by 1995. dittoship is from 1869.