- any of several clumsy, flightless, extinct birds of the genera Raphus and Pezophaps, related to pigeons but about the size of a turkey, formerly inhabiting the islands of Mauritius, Réunion, and Rodriguez.
- Slang. a dull-witted, slow-reacting person.
- a person with old-fashioned, conservative, or outmoded ideas.
- a thing that is outmoded or obsolete.
Origin of dodo
Related Wordseccentric, fellow, crank, miser, galoot, dodo, fuddy-duddy, fossil, stick-in-the-mud, fogey, fool, dumbbell, dunce, idiot, goon, dope, blockhead, chump, stupid, ignoramus
Examples from the Web for dodo
As David Quammen described in his elegiac The Song of the Dodo, islands are “where species go to die.”Why Do We Save Some Species and Let Others Get Devastated?
Melissa Holbrook Pierson
May 21, 2013
Republicans are going the way of the dodo in the Golden State.The Independent Rundown, November 10
November 11, 2012
Since the Cold War, Kissingerians have largely gone the way of the dodo bird inside the GOP.Mitt Romney’s Foreign-Policy Disarray Reflects GOP Disconnect
May 14, 2012
Ever the optimist, Crystal believes that languages need not meet the fate of the dodo bird.4 Smart Summer Reads
August 7, 2010
Suppose I'd taken a knock like that, Dodo, I'd be glad of friendliness from someone.
Dodo; he's too—not pugilistic—the other one with a pug-naceous.
I want to enjoy things, Dodo, and you can't do that when everybody's on the hate.
It's something to do with Dawker, Dodo, and that man with him.
If I stay with you, I'd try to be good, and not be cross to Dodo, and so on.Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe
- any flightless bird, esp Raphus cucullatus, of the recently extinct family Raphidae of Mauritius and adjacent islands: order Columbiformes (pigeons, etc). They had a hooked bill, short stout legs, and greyish plumageSee also ratite
- informal an intensely conservative or reactionary person who is unaware of changing fashions, ideas, etc
- (as) dead as a dodo (of a person or thing) irretrievably defunct or out of date
Word Origin and History for dodo
1620s, from Portuguese doudo "fool, simpleton," an insult applied by Portuguese sailors to the awkward bird (Didus ineptus) they found on Mauritius island. The last record of a living one is from 1681. Applied in English to stupid persons since 1886.
Idioms and Phrases with dodo
see under dead as a doornail.