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[dil-doh] /ˈdɪl doʊ/
noun, plural dildos. Slang.
an artificial erect penis, used as a sexual aid.
1585-95; of obscure origin Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for dildos


noun (pl) -dos, -does
an object used as a substitute for an erect penis
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C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for dildos



1590s, perhaps a corruption of Italian deletto "delight," from Latin dilectio, noun of action from diligere "to esteem highly, to love" (see diligence). Or (less likely) of English diddle. "Curse Eunuke dilldo, senceless counterfet" ["Choise of Valentines or the Merie Ballad of Nash his Dildo," T. Nashe, c.1593]

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dildos in Medicine

dildo dil·do or dil·doe (dĭl'dō)
n. or dil·dos or dil·does
An object that is shaped like and is used as a substitute for an erect penis.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dildos


  1. An artificial substitute for an erect penis (1593+)
  2. (also dill by 1950s) A stupid and despicable person; jerk, prick: Yeah, I know that dildo. What's your problem with him? (1638+)

[fr Italian diletto, in the particular sense ''a women's delight'']

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