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[dit-oh] /ˈdɪt oʊ/
noun, plural dittos.
the aforesaid; the above; the same (used in accounts, lists, etc., to avoid repetition). Symbol: ″.
Abbreviation: do.
Compare ditto mark.
another of the same.
Informal. a duplicate; copy.
as already stated; likewise.
verb (used with object), dittoed, dittoing.
to make a copy of, using a Ditto machine.
to duplicate or repeat the action or statement of (another person).
Origin of ditto
1615-25; < Italian, variant of detto < Latin dictus said, past participle of dīcere to say; see dictum Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ditto
  • Wallow in memories of the ditto machine and armor plate.
  • To practice medicine, medical school is essential; ditto for law.
  • And now, ditto its impact on the win-loss record.
  • I'll volunteer to run off copies of our papers on a ditto machine.
  • The sit-ups were brutal, ditto the push-ups.
  • The sand is lovely; ditto the palms and rainbows.
  • Pecan pie is tooth-achingly sweet; ditto the rhubarb pie.
  • Subsidy policy is immaterial here - ditto government contracts.
  • ditto for when the sun arcs high and a sight-hunting predator might more easily spot you.
  • ditto any number of irregular shapes and combinations of them.
British Dictionary definitions for ditto


noun (pl) -tos
the aforementioned; the above; the same. Used in accounts, lists, etc, to avoid repetition and symbolized by two small marks (ˌ) known as ditto marks, placed under the thing repeated do
  1. a duplicate
  2. (as modifier): a ditto copy
in the same way
sentence substitute
(informal) used to avoid repeating or to confirm agreement with an immediately preceding sentence
verb -tos, -toing, -toed
(transitive) to copy; repeat
Word Origin
C17: from Italian (Tuscan dialect), variant of detto said, from dicere to say, from Latin
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Word Origin and History for ditto

1620s, Tuscan dialectal ditto "(in) the said (month or year)," literary Italian detto, past participle of dire "to say," from Latin dicere (see diction).

Originally used in Italian to avoid repetition of month names in a series of dates; generalized meaning of "same as above" first recorded in English 1670s. Dittohead, self-description of followers of U.S. radio personality Rush Limbaugh, attested by 1995. dittoship is from 1869.

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