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

British Dictionary definitions for dodoism


/ (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(as) dead as a dodo (of a person or thing) irretrievably defunct or out of date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 Formsdodoism, noun

Word Origin for dodo

C17: from Portuguese doudo, from doudo stupid
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Word Origin and History for dodoism



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with dodoism


see under dead as a doornail.

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