ditto

[ dit-oh ]
/ ˈdɪt oʊ /

noun, plural dit·tos.

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.

adverb

as already stated; likewise.

verb (used with object), dit·toed, dit·to·ing.

to make a copy of, using a Ditto machine.
to duplicate or repeat the action or statement of (another person).

Nearby words

  1. ditsy,
  2. dittander,
  3. dittany,
  4. dittersdorf,
  5. dittersdorf, karl ditters von,
  6. ditto machine,
  7. ditto mark,
  8. dittograph,
  9. dittographic,
  10. dittography

Origin of ditto

1615–25; < Italian, variant of detto < Latin dictus said, past participle of dīcere to say; see dictum

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British Dictionary definitions for dittoed

Word Origin for ditto

C17: from Italian (Tuscan dialect), variant of detto said, from dicere to say, from Latin

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Word Origin and History for dittoed

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.

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