dodo

noun

do·​do ˈdō-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce dodo (audio)
plural dodoes or dodos
1
a
: 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
2
a
: one hopelessly behind the times
b
: a stupid person

Illustration of dodo

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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 Being the answer to the trivia question about the best player not to win a major has gone the way of the dodo. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 May 2024 Given these risks, some aquatic spiders might go the way of the dodo before science gets a handle on them. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2024 Dallas biotech company Colossal Biosciences has been working on several de-extinction projects in the hopes of bringing back the woolly mammoth and the dodo bird, among other extinct species, and has reached a major milestone in its efforts. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 7 Mar. 2024 Colossal has been working to bring the mammoth, the dodo bird and other extinct species back to life using the latest cloning and genetic engineering techniques. Rob Stein, NPR, 6 Mar. 2024 There’s no guarantee that Colossal will be successful at bringing back a functional mammoth or dodo. Matt Reynolds, WIRED, 21 Feb. 2024 With decade-long dominance going the way of the dinosaurs and the dodos, anyone who builds a Kluber-like case over a five-year period in the future will be building himself a Cooperstown case — even if the architect isn’t likely to be honored with a plaque inside the Hall of Fame. Jerry Beach, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Someone must be stuck being gangly and awkward, with stubby little dodo wings that never fly, only flap. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 25 Jan. 2024 The firm landed a $150 million investment to back its latest ambitious endeavor to revive dodo birds in January. Arcelia Martin, Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Portuguese doudo, from doudo silly, stupid

First Known Use

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of dodo was in 1628

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“Dodo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dodo. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

dodo

noun
do·​do ˈdōd-ō How to pronounce dodo (audio)
plural dodoes or dodos
1
: a large heavy flightless extinct bird related to the pigeons and formerly found on some of the islands of the Indian Ocean
2
a
: a person who is hopelessly behind the times
b
: a stupid person
Etymology

from Portuguese doudo, name given by Portuguese sailors to the bird, from doudo (adjective) "silly, stupid"

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