dit·​to | \ ˈdi-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce ditto (audio) \
plural dittos

Definition of ditto

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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



Definition of ditto (Entry 2 of 4)

: having the same characteristics : similar



Definition of ditto (Entry 3 of 4)

: as before or aforesaid : in the same manner


dittoed; dittoing; dittos

Definition of ditto (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to repeat the action or statement of
2 [ from Ditto, a trademark ] : to copy (something, such as printed matter) on a duplicator

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Examples of ditto in a Sentence


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 Flexner is especially good at showing how misguided attempts to repair furniture can cause more problems than they solve. Using a nail instead of glue to tighten a loose leg on an old chair (as I myself have done) will often destroy the chair, by splitting the wood and ruining the joint (ditto). — David Owen, Atlantic, September 1989 David is not exactly a crank who writes to writers, although he is probably a bit of that too. I don't know how he gets his living, or whether his letters romanticize either his poverty (he reports only a hunger for books) or his passion (ditto); still, David is a free intellect, a free imagination. — Cynthia Ozick, New York Times Book Review, 25 Mar. 1984


another mega mall filled with chain stores selling ditto merchandise


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 Work your way up through the faculty ranks, they said. Don't get pigeonholed by focusing on affirmative action or African-American studies. Ditto for women's issues. Good advice, maybe, but Simmons, 56, the new president of Brown University, never paid much attention to it. — Barbara Kantrowitz, Newsweek, 31 Dec. 2001/7 Jan. 2002 She sinks to her knees and seizes a package, eagerly looking at the tag. It will be from her, or to her, and she will recognize her own name. But the card is blank. Ditto the next package; ditto the third. They are all blank. — Mary Tannen, New York Times Magazine, 20 Dec. 1998 Tuesday was spent working all day, and Wednesday was spent ditto.


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 since you've said what I wanted to say—only better—I will just ditto your comments in my final report

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tim Mackabee deserves kudos for his terrific scenic design, and ditto Fumiko Bielefeldt for a wide array of costumes. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: Lots of reasons to experience ‘Archduke’," 13 June 2019 The curved heel and slouchy suede of her knee-high Babs boot, on the other hand, leans a bit more ’80s—ditto the white faux-croc Kati boots with a similar low heel. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Designer Behind Rag & Bone’s Cult-Favorite Boot Is Branching Out With Her Own Line," 1 Oct. 2018 One person is after carpets (spoilt for choice), another wants towels (ditto), someone else fancies a playful headdress for tonight’s party, and another is focused on Turkish delight. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Attends Serdar Gülgün’s Opulent Ottoman Ball in Istanbul," 4 Feb. 2019 Leave wingback chairs and other fully upholstered pieces to the experts; ditto any piece that needs a structural fix, like new springs or webbing. Martha Stewart, star-telegram, "Here's how to transform those furniture diamonds in the rough | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 2 May 2018 Follow her on Instagram at @LangeAlexandra; ditto on Twitter. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 In the main hall there was a scrum of children (miserable for the most part), parents (ditto), and helpful teachers (who weren't miserable). Michael Lindsay-hogg, Town & Country, "Brando in a Blue Blazer," 22 Aug. 2013 Hot water also helps to melt grease off pots, utensils, and your sink; ditto for a dishwasher with a steam function. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make A DIY Face Cream With Skin-Protecting Essential Oils," 15 Nov. 2017 The main level includes a parlor with a massive brick fireplace originally used for cooking, a living room (also with a working fireplace) and a study (ditto). Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$600,000 Homes in Florida, Connecticut and California," 24 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The seeds did improve yield compared with the local Obatanpa variety, but Ghanaians couldn’t afford to purchase more for the following year’s crop; ditto the chemical inputs (pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers) that ensured success. Sarah Mccoll, Smithsonian, "The Complicated Growth of 4-H," 26 July 2017 The offensive line is decent, ditto the defensive line and the young corners. Gary Gramling, SI.com, "Week 5: Vintage Cam Newton on the Field, Chiefs Primed to Fall in Houston, What the Rams Need to Show Against Seattle," 8 Oct. 2017 Ditto his ability to transcend even so-so songs through the sheer force of his musical skills and personality. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Elvis Presley, 40 years after his death, remains an icon and a cautionary tale," 6 Aug. 2017 Yes, chairs on wheels whiz in and out, ditto a desk, people run around in circles and bob up and down at will. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "If you stay awake, ‘[title of show]’ is an easy time in the theater," 31 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sarah’s devotion to her spooky mansion has raised alarm, ditto her proclamations that the estate is haunted by victims of Winchester firearms. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / Paranormal The new horror film Winchester is a missed opportunity," 6 Feb. 2018 The offensive line is decent, ditto the defensive line and the young corners. Gary Gramling, SI.com, "Week 5: Vintage Cam Newton on the Field, Chiefs Primed to Fall in Houston, What the Rams Need to Show Against Seattle," 8 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of ditto


circa 1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1668, in the meaning defined above


1706, in the meaning defined above


1725, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ditto

Noun, Adjective, Adverb, and Verb

Italian ditto, detto, past participle of dire to say, from Latin dicere — more at diction

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English Language Learners Definition of ditto

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of ditto (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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