ditto

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Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1625. From Italian ditto, variant of detto, past participle of dire (to say), from Latin dīcō (I say, I speak).

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ditto (plural dittos)

  1. That which was stated before, the aforesaid, the above, the same, likewise.
    • Charles Dickens
      A spacious table in the centre, and a variety of smaller dittos in the corners.
    • 2008 May 22, “New 'Indiana' film whips up plenty of thrills”:
      The opening shot of "Crystal Skull" shows the playful side of director Steven Spielberg, who seems to have a weak spot for cute animals. See "AI Artificial Intelligence" for Exhibit A. Ditto for executive producer George Lucas. See "Return of the Jedi" for Exhibit B.
    • 2009 July 3, “Andy Murray: easy to admire, but can we learn to love him?”, Times Online:
      He has created for himself a honed, primed-for-victory body and is working hard on a ditto mind.
  2. (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.
  3. A copy; an imitation.
    • 1991, N. Romano-Benner, “Convoking the muses of Cuenca”, Americas, volume 43, number 1, page 6: 
      "You've got to look good to feel good," she announces, a ditto of television slogans.
    • 2003, “Argenta appears unfazed”, Herald & Review:
      Last year, Argenta-Oreana blanked the Chiefs 23-0 in a second-round game Dee-Mack coach Jim McDonald said was "pretty much a ditto" of what transpired Saturday.
    • 2009, “Brunswick school hopes to be model for uniforms”, Myrtle Beach Sun News:
      The intent of the policy, she said, is "not to put everybody in a ditto environment," where all are expected to look and act exactly like all others.
  4. A symbol, represented by two apostrophes, inverted commas, or quotation marks (" "), when indicating that the item preceding is to be repeated.

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ditto (comparative more ditto, superlative most ditto)

  1. As said before, likewise.

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Verb[edit]

ditto (third-person singular simple present dittos, present participle dittoing, simple past and past participle dittoed)

  1. (transitive) To repeat the aforesaid, the earlier action etc.
    • 1989, K. K. N. Kurup, Agrarian struggles in Kerala
      The Communists believed that Prakasam, the Prime Minister, never tried to check the bureaucracy but dittoed every action of the corrupt officials and police.

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