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See also: Dido, ɗiɗo, and DIDO


Etymology 1[edit]

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.



dido (plural didos or didoes)

  1. (slang, regional) A fuss, a row.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York, published 2007, page 30:
      I remember Raymond telling me years later how when he lived at home, if his mother heard he had been seen as much as talking to a girl, she would kick up a dido.
  2. A shrewd trick; an antic; a caper.
    to cut a dido
    • 1838, Joseph Clay Neal, Charcoal Sketches; Or, Scenes in a Metropolis, page 201:
      Young people," interposed a passing official, " if you keep a cutting didoes, I must talk to you both like a Dutch uncle.
    • 1969, Maya Angelou, chapter 10, in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings[1], New York: Bantam, published 1971, page 55:
      Our youngest uncle, Billy, was not old enough to join in their didoes. One of their more flamboyant escapades has become a proud family legend.

Etymology 2[edit]


dido (not comparable)

  1. (US) Misspelling of ditto.




From Latin digitus (finger).


dido m (plural didos)

  1. finger
  2. toe



Alternative forms[edit]


  • IPA(key): [ˈdido]
  • Rhymes: -ido
  • Hyphenation: di‧do


dido (accusative singular didon, plural didoj, accusative plural didojn)

  1. dodo (bird)



From dis- +‎ .



dīdō (present infinitive dīdere, perfect active dīdidī, supine dīditum); third conjugation

  1. I give out, spread abroad, disseminate, distribute, scatter.


   Conjugation of dīdō (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dīdō dīdis dīdit dīdimus dīditis dīdunt
imperfect dīdēbam dīdēbās dīdēbat dīdēbāmus dīdēbātis dīdēbant
future dīdam dīdēs dīdet dīdēmus dīdētis dīdent
perfect dīdidī dīdidistī dīdidit dīdidimus dīdidistis dīdidērunt,
pluperfect dīdideram dīdiderās dīdiderat dīdiderāmus dīdiderātis dīdiderant
future perfect dīdiderō dīdideris dīdiderit dīdiderimus dīdideritis dīdiderint
passive present dīdor dīderis,
dīditur dīdimur dīdiminī dīduntur
imperfect dīdēbar dīdēbāris,
dīdēbātur dīdēbāmur dīdēbāminī dīdēbantur
future dīdar dīdēris,
dīdētur dīdēmur dīdēminī dīdentur
perfect dīditus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect dīditus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect dīditus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dīdam dīdās dīdat dīdāmus dīdātis dīdant
imperfect dīderem dīderēs dīderet dīderēmus dīderētis dīderent
perfect dīdiderim dīdiderīs dīdiderit dīdiderīmus dīdiderītis dīdiderint
pluperfect dīdidissem dīdidissēs dīdidisset dīdidissēmus dīdidissētis dīdidissent
passive present dīdar dīdāris,
dīdātur dīdāmur dīdāminī dīdantur
imperfect dīderer dīderēris,
dīderētur dīderēmur dīderēminī dīderentur
perfect dīditus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect dīditus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dīde dīdite
future dīditō dīditō dīditōte dīduntō
passive present dīdere dīdiminī
future dīditor dīditor dīduntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives dīdere dīdidisse dīditūrum esse dīdī dīditum esse dīditum īrī
participles dīdēns dīditūrus dīditus dīdendus,
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
dīdendī dīdendō dīdendum dīdendō dīditum dīditū

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  • dido”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • dido”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • dido in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • dido”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • dido”, in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray