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[dahy-doh] /ˈdaɪ doʊ/
noun, plural didos, didoes. Usually, didos, didoes, Informal.
a mischievous trick; prank; antic.
a bauble or trifle.
Origin of dido
1800-10; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for didoes
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  • But you see they all loved Harry so much, that they were almost crazy, and that made them cut up all these didoes.

    The Big Nightcap Letters Frances Elizabeth Barrow
  • And had she not the athletic prowess to cut the didoes of Doug?

    The Shriek Charles Somerville
  • I hope you ain't a-goin' to stand up for your son in his didoes.

    Chester Rand Horatio Alger, Jr
  • I've even hired spiritualists to come and cut their didoes in the towers and donjon keep.

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • She said the next time she knew of me cutting up any didoes, she would get a divorce.

  • Alfurd's mos' crazy 'bout bein' a circus clown an' ye'd die laffin' to see the little cuss cuttin' didoes.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
British Dictionary definitions for didoes


noun (usually pl) (informal) (pl) -dos, -does
an antic; prank; trick
Word Origin
C19: originally US: of uncertain origin


(classical myth) a princess of Tyre who founded Carthage and became its queen. Virgil tells of her suicide when abandoned by her lover Aeneas
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Word Origin and History for didoes



"prank, caper," 1807, American English slang, perhaps from the name of the Carthaginian queen in the "Aeneid." Usually in phrase to cut didoes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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didoes in Culture
Dido [(deye-doh)]

In Roman mythology, the founder and queen of Carthage in north Africa. She committed suicide in grief over the departure of her lover, the hero Aeneas.

Note: Dido is an image of the unhappy or unrequited lover.
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Slang definitions & phrases for didoes



: The DIDO principle still applies to its contents sentence A product can be no better than its constituents; esp, the validity of a computer's output cannot surpass the validity of the input; gigo

[1980s+ Computer; fr the abbreviation of dreck in, dreck out, ''shit in, shit out'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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