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.
- do·do·ism, noun
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How to use dodo in a sentence
Boned up, flagged hard and started to cross when my fingers snapped off the edge and I plunged through the gulf, arms whirling, machine-gunning expletives, ungainly as a dodo bird.
His project explored the idea of whether it would be possible to recreate the dodo bird.
Pitcher wins have rightly gone the way of the dodo over the past decade, and seasons like the ones deGrom had are a great case study in why.
The push to prevent extinctions from happening came in the 1800s, with the realization that species such as the dodo had disappeared forever.Delve into the history of the fight for Earth’s endangered creatures | Sarah Zielinski | March 8, 2021 | Science News
In my Monday column I noted that the hand-cranked eggbeater seems to have gone the way of the dodo.The beat goes on. And on. Readers sing the praises of the humble eggbeater. | John Kelly | February 24, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Republicans are going the way of the dodo in the Golden State.
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 | Peter Beinart | May 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ever the optimist, Crystal believes that languages need not meet the fate of the dodo bird.
"Paul did it," accused dodo, waving a pudgy, ink-stained little fist in the direction of her brother.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle | Laura Lee Hope
And, as you might like to try the thing yourself, some winter day, I will tell you how the dodo managed it.Alice's Adventures in Wonderland | Lewis Carroll
However, when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the dodo suddenly called out 'The race is over!'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland | Lewis Carroll
When that day comes, proprietary humbugs like Sanatogen will have become as extinct as the dodo and the great auk.
Ultimately, Torkington sailed in a new ship of 800 tons,5 under a patron named Thomas dodo.The Age of Erasmus | P. S. Allen
British Dictionary definitions for dodo
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 plumage: See 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
- dodoism, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with dodo
see under dead as a doornail.
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