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[doh-doh] /ˈdoʊ doʊ/
noun, plural dodos, dodoes.
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
1620-30; < Portuguese doudo, fool, madman (of uncertain origin); the bird apparently so called from its clumsy appearance
Related forms
dodoism, noun Unabridged
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  • Under this stimulus, dodo roused herself for the effort of not thinking.

    Dodo Wonders E. F. Benson
  • Because, if you refuse, and dodo refuses, the whole thing will be spoilt.

    Fruits of Culture Leo Tolstoy
  • "That's so dear of you," said dodo graciously, as if she was used to saying it.

    Dodo, Volumes 1 and 2 Edward Frederic Benson
  • “Our family is much older than that,” chimed in the dodo, consequentially.

  • dodo held up a large piece of hot-house peach on the end of her fork.

    Dodo Wonders E. F. Benson
  • “A glass bun and a bath of milk, please,” prompted the dodo.

British Dictionary definitions for dodo


noun (pl) dodos, 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 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(as) dead as a dodo, (of a person or thing) irretrievably defunct or out of date
Derived Forms
dodoism, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Portuguese doudo, from doudo stupid
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Word Origin and History for dodo

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
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Slang definitions & phrases for dodo



  1. A stupid, inept person; turkey (1880s+)
  2. A boring person; fogy: I'm a respectable old dodo (1880s+)
  3. A student pilot who has not yet made a solo flight (1940s+ Army Air Corps)

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dead as a dodo

[fr the extinct dodo bird, rather sluggish and flightless; oddly enough, the word is fr the Portuguese name doudo, ''simpleton, fool,'' given to the bird]

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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dodo in the Bible

amatory; loving. (1.) A descendant of Issachar (Judg. 10:1). (2.) An Ahohite, father of Eleazar, who was one of David's three heroes (2 Sam. 23:9; 1 Chr. 11:12). He was the same with Dodai mentioned in 1 Chr. 27:4. (3.) A Bethlehemite, and father of Elhanan, who was one of David's thirty heroes (2 Sam. 23:24).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with dodo


see under dead as a doornail
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