Tweedledum and Tweedledee


Twee·​dle·​dum and Twee·​dle·​dee ˌtwē-dᵊl-ˈdəm-ən(d)-ˌtwē-dᵊl-ˈdē How to pronounce Tweedledum and Tweedledee (audio)
: two individuals or groups that are practically indistinguishable

Examples of Tweedledum and Tweedledee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They are characterized in costume and farcical manner as Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2023

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Word History


English tweedle to chirp + dum (imitative of a low musical note) & dee (imitative of a high musical note)

First Known Use

1725, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tweedledum and Tweedledee was in 1725

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Cite this Entry

“Tweedledum and Tweedledee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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