noun (1)
di·​do | \ ˈdī-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce dido (audio) \
plural didoes or didos

Definition of dido

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a mischievous or capricious act : prank, antic often used in the phrase cut didoes
2 : something that is frivolous or showy


noun (2)
Di·​do | \ ˈdī-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce Dido (audio) \

Definition of Dido (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for dido

Synonyms: Noun (1)

antic, caper, capriccio, escapade, frolic, gag, jest, knavery, monkeyshine(s), practical joke, prank, rag [chiefly British], roguery, shavie [Scottish], shine(s), trick, waggery

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Examples of dido in a Sentence

Noun (1)

known for cutting didoes at the holiday party held each year at the office

First Known Use of dido

Noun (1)

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dido

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

Latin, from Greek Didō

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The first known use of dido was in the 14th century

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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