nounpl. -·dos or -·does
- a large extinct bird (Raphus cucullatus) that had rudimentary wings useless for flying: formerly found on Mauritius
- an old-fashioned person; fogy
- Slang a stupid person; dullard
Origin of dodoPortuguese doudo, literally , foolish, stupid
nounpl. do·does, or do·dos
- A large flightless bird (Raphus cucullatus) with a hooked beak that inhabited the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean until it became extinct in the late 1600s.
- Informal One who is out-of-date, as in dress or ideas.
- Informal A stupid person; an idiot.
Origin of dodoPortuguese dodó alteration of obsolete Dutch dodors Dutch dot tuft of feathers obsolete Dutch ors tail ( from Middle Dutch ærs ; see ors- in Indo-European roots.)
(plural dodoes or dodos)
From Portuguese doudo, obsolete form of doido (“fool, simpleton, silly, stupid”). First attested in the 17th century.