dodo

dodo

[doh-doh]
noun, plural dodos, dodoes.
1.
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.
2.
Slang. a dull-witted, slow-reacting person.
3.
a person with old-fashioned, conservative, or outmoded ideas.
4.
a thing that is outmoded or obsolete.

Origin:
1620–30; < Portuguese doudo, fool, madman (of uncertain origin); the bird apparently so called from its clumsy appearance

dodoism, noun
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dodo (ˈdəʊdəʊ)
 
n , pl dodos, dodoes
1.  See also ratite 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
2.  informal an intensely conservative or reactionary person who is unaware of changing fashions, ideas, etc
3.  (as) dead as a dodo (of a person or thing) irretrievably defunct or out of date
 
[C17: from Portuguese doudo, from doudo stupid]
 
'dodoism
 
n

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dodo
1628, from Port. doudo "fool, simpleton," an insult applied by Port. sailors to the awkward bird (Didus ineptus) they found on Mauritius island. The last record of a living one is from 1681. Applied in Eng. to stupid persons since 1886.
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Dodo definition


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).

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Idioms & Phrases

dodo

see under dead as a doornail.

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dodo

American jazz pianist (b. Dec. 12, 1925, Pittsburgh, Pa.-d. Sept. 17, 2002, Pittsburgh), was a teenaged musician in top swing bands (Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet, and Artie Shaw) before he became one of the first pianists to master the complexities of bebop; he played modern harmonies and fluent melodies in classic recordings by Lester Young and Charlie Parker, and he also led his own trios; a technically gifted, lyrical soloist with a bright, clear touch, he was nationally noted in the 1940s but played primarily in the Pittsburgh area after 1954 and made his last records in 1961-62.

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