Definition of do-si-do in English:


(also do-se-do)


  • (in square dancing, and other country dancing) a figure in which two dancers pass round each other back to back and return to their original positions.

    • ‘Not only will we not be cheek-to-cheek, you will not get so much as a do-si-do.’
    • ‘If the articles do not reveal awareness of relevant prior work, then they are unlikely to constitute a step forward in our scholarly do-si-do.’
    • ‘With a half-dozen pupils in the field, he's constantly being passed, do-si-do, from partner to partner on the range.’
    • ‘A reminder of this institutional do-si-do is the temple bell.’
    • ‘It improbably and effectively twists a simple rural do-si-do rhythm into a creepy backdrop.’


[no object]
  • Dance a do-si-do.

    ‘a hundred flushed women were do-si-doing to the music’
    • ‘More than 500 children from the borough's primary schools do-si-doed to their hearts' content at the annual folk dance festival last Wednesday.’
    • ‘At last, she spoke, as they do-si-doed and began to weave in and out with the other couples.’
    • ‘They were avid square-dancers, often do-si-doing with fellow church members.’
    • ‘Line up, grab your partners and do-si-do to the rousing sounds.’
    • ‘Who is perceived as having the more grown-up job, someone who can diagnose, debate, or do-si-do?’


1920s (originally US): alteration of dos-à-dos.



/ˌdəʊzɪˈdəʊ/ /ˌdəʊsɪˈdəʊ/