noun, plural do-si-dos.
  1. a figure in square-dancing, in which two persons advance, pass around each other back to back, and return to their places.
verb (used with object), do-si-doed, do-si-do·ing.
  1. to dance this figure around (one's partner).
verb (used without object), do-si-doed, do-si-do·ing.
  1. to execute a do-si-do.

Origin of do-si-do

see origin at dos-à-dos Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for do-si-do


  1. a square-dance figure in which dancers pass each other with right shoulders close or touching and circle back to back
sentence substitute
  1. a call instructing dancers to perform such a figure
Also called: dos-à-dos

Word Origin for do-si-do

C20: from dos-à-dos
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Word Origin and History for do-si-do

1929, from French dos-à-dos "back to back" (see dossier).

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