An example of a dido is doing a practical joke at an office party.
Origin of dido; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Dido, from the story that Dido, on purchasing as much land as might be covered with the hide of a bull, ordered the hide cut into thin strips, with which she surrounded a large area
cut (up) didoes
Origin of DidoClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek Did?
nounpl. di·dos or di·does
Origin of didoOrigin unknown.
Origin unknown. The "trick" sense might come from the trick of Dido, queen of Carthage, who, having bought as much land as a hide would cover, is said to have cut it into thin strips long enough to enclose a spot for a citadel.
- (US) Common misspelling of ditto.
- (Greek mythology) Founder and first Queen of Carthage.