(as) dead as a dodo

Definition of (as) dead as a dodo

informal, chiefly British
used to stress that someone or something is dead
  • The old captain was dead as a dodo.
often used figuratively
  • The negotiations are as dead as a dodo.
  • The deal is dead as a dododo.

Word by Word Definitions

dead play
  1. : deprived of life : no longer alive

  2. : having the appearance of death : deathly

  3. : lacking power to move, feel, or respond : numb

  1. : someone who is no longer alive : one that is dead (see 1dead 1)

  2. : the state of being dead

  3. : the time of greatest quiet

  1. : absolutely, utterly

  2. : suddenly and completely

  3. : directly

dodo play
  1. : an extinct heavy flightless bird (Raphus cucullatus synonym Didus ineptus of the family Raphidae) of the island of Mauritius that was larger than a turkey and was related to the pigeon

  2. : an extinct flightless bird (Raphus solitarius) of the island of Réunion similar to and closely related to the dodo

  3. : one hopelessly behind the times


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