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First attested in 1625. From Italian ditto, variant of detto, past participle of dire (to say), from Latin dīcō (I say, I speak). Not related to Italian dito "finger".



ditto (plural dittos or dittoes)

  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.


  • (symbol): ditto mark, do (abbreviation)


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ditto (comparative more ditto, superlative most ditto)

  1. As said before, likewise.



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.





  1. Used to show agreement with what another person has said.
    • Boy: "I'm really busy today!"
    • Girl: "Ditto!"

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