[ doh-see-doh ]
/ ˈdoʊ siˈdoʊ /

noun, plural do-si-dos.

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.

to dance this figure around (one's partner).

verb (used without object), do-si-doed, do-si-do·ing.

to execute a do-si-do.

Nearby words

  1. do-nothing,
  2. do-nothingism,
  3. do-or-die,
  4. do-rag,
  5. do-re-mi,
  6. do.,
  7. doa,
  8. doab,
  9. doable,
  10. doat

Origin of do-si-do

see origin at dos-à-dos Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for do-si-do


/ (ˌdəʊsɪˈdəʊ) /


a square-dance figure in which dancers pass each other with right shoulders close or touching and circle back to back

sentence substitute

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper