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 pigeonb : an extinct flightless bird (Raphus solitarius) of the island of Réunion similar to and closely related to the dodo
2a : one hopelessly behind the timesb : a stupid person
Examples of dodo in a Sentence
That dodo can't do anything right.
I feel like a complete dodo.
Recent Examples of dodo from the Web
By any measure, vinyl records should have gone the way of the dodo.
With the knowledge that the Albany adder has not gone the way of the dodo, the conservation groups are working to secure its future by buying up as much of its remaining habitat as possible.
But the rest of vast Mauritia is as dead as the dodo, lost beneath the waves of the Indian Ocean.
Part of the reason is because the dodo may have been the first species humans killed off, and superlatives are easy to remember, Carnall notes.
Switek, who delves into paleontological findings for his blog Laelaps, garnered attention for a post that pieces together the rich history of dodo bird reconstructions.
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Origin and Etymology of dodo
Portuguese doudo, from doudo silly, stupid
First Known Use: 1628See Words from the same year
DODO Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of dodo for Students
: a large heavy bird unable to fly that once lived on some of the islands of the Indian Ocean
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