- Ditto is defined as something you say to show you are in agreement or to signify that something you already said can be said again.
- An example of ditto is what you would say when someone says "I like pie," if you also like pie.
- An example of ditto is what you would say when someone was 10 minutes late and then the next person was 10 minutes late.
- To ditto is defined as to make copies of something or to repeat an action.
An example of ditto is to make copies of a receipt using a Xerox machine.
- the same (as something said or appearing above or before)
- a duplicate; another of the same
- ditto mark
Origin of dittoItalian (Tuscan), variant, variety of detto, said from Classical Latin dictus, past participle of dicere, to say: see diction
transitive verb-·toed, -·to·ing
- to duplicate or make copies of
- to indicate repetition of, by using ditto marks
- to do again; repeat
- The same as stated above or before.
- A duplicate; a copy.
- A pair of small marks (&thin;&second;&thin;) used to indicate that the word, phrase, or figure given above is to be repeated.
transitive verbdit·toed, dit·to·ing, dit·tos
Origin of dittoItalian dialectal past participle of Italian dire to say from Latin dīcere ; see deik- in Indo-European roots.Word History: Ditto originally comes from the Latin word dictus, “having been said,” the past participle of the verb dīcere, “to say.” In Italian dīcere became dire and dictus became detto, or in the Tuscan dialect ditto. Italian detto or ditto meant what said does in legal English, as in “said property.” Thus the word could be used in certain constructions to mean “the same as what has been said”; for example, having given the date December 22, one could use 26 detto or ditto for 26 December. The first recorded use of ditto in English occurs in such a construction in 1625.
- That which was stated before, the aforesaid, the above, the same, likewise.
- (informal) A duplicate or copy of a document, particularly one created by a spirit duplicator
- Please run off twenty-four dittos of this assignment, for my students.
- A copy; an imitation.
- A symbol, represented by two apostrophes, inverted commas, or quotation marks (" "), when indicating that the item preceding is to be repeated.
(comparative more ditto, superlative most ditto)
- As said before, likewise.
(third-person singular simple present dittos, present participle dittoing, simple past and past participle dittoed)
- To repeat the aforesaid, the earlier action etc.