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

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Example Sentences

That dodo can't do anything right. I feel like a complete dodo.
Recent Examples on the Web And beside oil paint, the use of these oils in finishes like varnish has mostly gone the way of the dodo with the advent of newer binding materials. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 9 Jan. 2023 Recent discoveries help explain how the dodo—smarter and sleeker than once thought—had adapted to its cyclone-prone environment. Monica Serrano, National Geographic, 21 July 2020 Among other animals, her work has focused on the dodo. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 21 Sep. 2022 The two-state solution, if not dead and going the way of the dodo, still faces unimaginable long odds. Aaron David Miller, CNN, 4 Jan. 2023 Ad-free may stick around as an option, but the completely ad-free streaming service may soon go the way of the dodo (or, soon, the Peacock?). Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Dec. 2022 There are giant ducks in Hawaii, giant owls in the Caribbean, and Mauritius had the dodo — an extinct giant pigeon. Kate Evans, Discover Magazine, 7 Aug. 2019 The mom-and-pop auto shop, in other words, is going the way of the dodo. WIRED, 20 Oct. 2022 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 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Dodo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dodo. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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

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