Meaning of dodo in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdəʊdəʊ/

Translate dodo into Spanish

noundodos, dodoes

  • 1A large extinct flightless bird with a stout body, stumpy wings, a large head, and a heavy hooked bill. It was found on Mauritius until the end of the 17th century.

    Raphus cucullatus, family Raphidae. See also solitaire (sense 4)

    ‘The tam is thought to have evolved to survive passage through the gullet of the island's biggest, flightless bird, the dodo.’
    • ‘A giant flightless bird like the dodo is on the extreme end of avian evolution.’
    • ‘One of her donations to the museum is reputed to be the only egg in existence of the extinct, flightless dodo bird.’
    • ‘The dodo species consisted of three flightless branches - the dodo of Mauritius, the solitaire of Reunion island, and the Rodriguez solitaire that lived on tiny Rodriguez island.’
    • ‘First described by explorers around 1600, the dodo was extinct fewer than 80 years later.’
    1. 1.1informal An old-fashioned and ineffective person.
      • ‘dodos do enter the events, they just never make the finals’
      fogy, conservative, traditionalist, conformist


    as dead as a dodo
    • 1informal Completely dead or extinct.

      1. 1.1No longer effective, valid, or interesting.
        • ‘the campaign was as dead as a dodo’
        • ‘I feel full-blown £20,000-a-year constables are not going to be widely used on foot patrols because top brass officers think that type of policing is dead as the dodo.’
        • ‘While the League's television bid might now be as dead as a dodo, there are some vital facts that any future television deal-makers will find interesting to pore over.’
        • ‘Thank God the idea of regional assemblies is now as dead as a dodo.’
        • ‘Besides far-fetched ideas like taxing everyone for authors rights, or technically blocking filesharing, or a major government crackdown on filesharing, the story is basically dead as a dodo.’
        • ‘What does he say now that the social entrepreneur scheme is as dead as a dodo?’
        • ‘It was a final flurry worth waiting for and made all the more remarkable after a dead as a dodo first half.’
        • ‘Underlying this evolution of a new journalistic hybrid is the conviction that traditional photojournalism, as practiced since the days of Matthew Brady, is as dead as the dodo.’
        • ‘Also bear in mind that this region is as dead as a dodo at night.’
        • ‘In fact, the upstairs bar was as dead as a dodo, but the downstairs bar, facing the diners, was even more convenient.’
        • ‘Dreams of a secular India, where the commanding heights of the economy are in the public sector, are as dead as a dodo.’


Early 17th century from Portuguese doudo ‘simpleton’ (because the bird had no fear of man and was easily killed). Compare with dotterel.