dodo

noun do·do \ ˈdō-(ˌ)dō \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of dodo

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

Examples of dodo in a Sentence

  1. That dodo can't do anything right.

  2. I feel like a complete dodo.

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Origin and Etymology of dodo

Portuguese doudo, from doudo silly, stupid



DODO Defined for English Language Learners

dodo

noun

Definition of dodo for English Language Learners

  • : a type of bird that lived in the past and that was large, heavy, and unable to fly

  • : a stupid or silly person


DODO Defined for Kids

dodo

noun do·do \ ˈdō-dō \

Definition of dodo for Students

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


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