do·​do | \ ˈdō-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce dodo (audio) \
plural dodoes or dodos

Definition of dodo

1a : 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
b : an extinct flightless bird (Raphus solitarius) of the island of Réunion similar to and closely related to the dodo
2a : one hopelessly behind the times
b : a stupid person

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Examples of dodo in a Sentence

That dodo can't do anything right. I feel like a complete dodo.
Recent Examples on the Web Once the nightmare begins, conversation goes the way of the dodo. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "At the end of time and space are phat beats: Blood Machines movie review," 20 May 2020 The dodo bird verdict People have been trying to talk other people into feeling better for more than 3,000 years. TheWeek, "Talk therapy works — but how?," 2 May 2020 Animals additions include a mammoth, a dodo bird, a polar bear and a worm. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "iPhone and Android users are getting 117 new emoji in 2020," 31 Jan. 2020 Plastic shopping bags are going the way of the dodo in New York. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, "What you need to know about New York's ban on plastic bags," 28 Feb. 2020 There are lots of new animal emoji for black cat, bison, mammoth, beaver, and seal, along with the extinct dodo and the soon-to-be-extinct polar bear. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Here are the 62 brand-new emoji for 2020," 30 Jan. 2020 Other prehistoric examples of autapomorphic giantism include the extinct mega-ducks of Hawaii, as well as the dodo, which was essentially an enormous pigeon, said Dr. Worthy. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "These Giant Parrots Once Roamed New Zealand," 6 Aug. 2019 Today’s quarterbacks are such great athletes that the Brady/Rivers/Peyton Manning/Dan Marino style of quarterback may soon go the way of the dodo. Ben Volin,, "Chiefs already exercising their bragging rights, and other Super Bowl thoughts," 3 Feb. 2020 Get a selfie with a 7-foot dodo sculpture by artist Bill Reid at a pop-up art exhibit at The Warehouse on Jan. 17 and 18. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Second annual Milwaukee Museum Week will have free admission days, behind-the-scenes tours and hands-on activities," 10 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of dodo

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dodo

Portuguese doudo, from doudo silly, stupid

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3 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dodo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dodo

: a type of bird that lived in the past and that was large, heavy, and unable to fly
US, informal + humorous : a stupid or silly person


do·​do | \ ˈdō-dō How to pronounce dodo (audio) \
plural dodoes or dodos

Kids Definition of dodo

: a large heavy bird unable to fly that once lived on some of the islands of the Indian Ocean

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