noun \ˈdi-(ˌ)tō\

: a pair of marks " used underneath a word to save space and show that the word is repeated where the marks are

plural dittos

Full Definition of DITTO

:  a thing mentioned previously or above —used to avoid repeating a word —often symbolized by inverted commas or apostrophes
:  a ditto mark

Examples of DITTO

  1. Until recently most of us believed that such regimens, which usually require a personal trainer, were available only to women whose bodies are their fortune (think Madonna), or who have nothing better to do with their time (ditto). —Jennifer Newman,Elle, June 1993

Origin of DITTO

Italian ditto, detto, past participle of dire to say, from Latin dicere — more at diction
First Known Use: circa 1639

Other Printing Terms

epigraph, errata, leader, mechanical, notch, tittle, underscore, widow


adjective \ˈdi-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of DITTO

:  having the same characteristics :  similar

Examples of DITTO

  1. <another mega mall filled with chain stores selling ditto merchandise>

Origin of DITTO

(see 1ditto)
First Known Use: 1776


adverb \ˈdi-(ˌ)tō\

—used to say that whatever you have said about one person or thing is also true of another person or thing

—used in speech to show you agree with what someone has just said or have the same opinion

Full Definition of DITTO

:  as before or aforesaid :  in the same manner

Examples of DITTO

  1. <Tuesday was spent working all day, and Wednesday was spent ditto.>
  2. I worry that I don't have whatever synapses you need to anticipate fun. Although I often enjoy parties, I don't look forward to them. Ditto travel, romantic dinners, even shopping. —O, The Oprah Magazine, January 2007

Origin of DITTO

(see 1ditto)
First Known Use: 1706


verb \ˈdi-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of DITTO

transitive verb
:  to repeat the action or statement of
[from Ditto, a trademark] :  to copy (as printed matter) on a duplicator

Examples of DITTO

  1. <since you've said what I wanted to say—only better—I will just ditto your comments in my final report>
  2. My favorite was Sports Collector's News (the exact pluralization and positioning of the apostrophe I can't quite remember), a dittoed journal produced in some Wisconsin backwater by a man with a Ukrainian surname. —Alexander Wolff, Sports Illustrated, 15 Sept. 1986

Origin of DITTO

(see 1ditto)
First Known Use: 1725

Related to DITTO


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