[ doh-doh ]
/ ˈdoʊ doʊ /

noun, plural do·dos, do·does.

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

First recorded in 1620–30, dodo is from the Portuguese word doudo, fool, madman (of uncertain origin); the bird apparently so called from its clumsy appearance


do·do·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dodo

/ (ˈdəʊdəʊ) /

noun plural dodos or dodoes

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(as) dead as a dodo (of a person or thing) irretrievably defunct or out of date

Derived forms of dodo

dodoism, noun

Word Origin for dodo

C17: from Portuguese doudo, from doudo stupid
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Idioms and Phrases with dodo


see under dead as a doornail.

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