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 : to copy (something, such as printed matter) on a duplicator

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Examples of ditto in a Sentence

Noun 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 Adjective another mega mall filled with chain stores selling ditto merchandise Adverb 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. Verb 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: 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 Don’t miss: The menu doesn’t veer too far from the Wendy’s-McDonald’s-Burger King orbit, but the burgers are a cut above their Golden Arches brethren; ditto the fried chicken sandwich, with its crisp, peppery coating and juicy, abundant meat. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "7 Twin Cities drive-in restaurants that turn your car into a dining room," 29 July 2020 Most Europeans overwhelmingly prefer conventional fuels (ditto Americans: 95% of their cars are petrol-driven). The Economist, "What does your car run on?," 7 Nov. 2019 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


earlier, "the aforesaid, the same," borrowed from Italian ditto, detto "said, aforesaid," from past participle of dire "to say," going back to Latin dīcere "to talk, speak, say" — more at diction


derivative of ditto entry 1


derivative of ditto entry 1


derivative of ditto entry 1; (sense 2) from the duplicator machines using alcohol-based inks manufactured by the Ditto Corporation of Chicago, Illinois

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The first known use of ditto was circa 1639

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“Ditto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ditto. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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