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 In coming days, weeks and months, the Pac-12 will plot a course to salvation … or go the way of the dodo. oregonlive, 3 July 2022 If Elvis Presley was the lovable dodo, Roy Orbison was a nightingale; if Jerry Lee Lewis was the virtuoso magpie, Johnny Cash was—well, a kind of crow, a spectral oddity with dubious pipes. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, 7 Dec. 2021 In addition to Fred, there’s Dante the dinosaur (Tyler Shamy), Dudley the dodo (David Errigo Jr.), Peaches the astronaut chimp (Laraine Newman) and Ishmat the girl mummy (Ashlyn Madden). Amy Amatangelo, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2021 Garum has long been considered the dodo of gastronomic history. Taras Grescoe, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Oct. 2021 Social niceties are going the way of the dodo and landline telephone these days. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 7 Aug. 2021 Social niceties are going the way of the dodo and landline telephone these days. cleveland, 7 Aug. 2021 That may not seem significant, except for the fact that the apple on that tree was previously believed to have gone the way of the dodo or the Tasmanian tiger. oregonlive, 1 July 2021 The enigmatic pop star has gone the way of the dodo bird. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 3 June 2021 See More

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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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8 Jul 2022

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“Dodo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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