Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

dido

play
noun di·do \ˈdī-(ˌ)dō\

Definition of dido

plural didoes or didos

  1. 1 :  a mischievous or capricious act :  prank, antic —often used in the phrase cut didoes

  2. 2 :  something that is frivolous or showy



Examples of dido

  1. <known for cutting didoes at the holiday party held each year at the office>



Origin of dido

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1807


Dido

play
noun Di·do \ˈdī-(ˌ)dō\

Definition of Dido

  1. :  a legendary queen of Carthage in Virgil's Aeneid who kills herself when Aeneas leaves her



Origin of dido

Latin, from Greek Didō


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms


Learn More about dido


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up dido? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift duvet pince-nez kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ