Definition of dodo in English:

dodo

Syllabification: do·do
Pronunciation: /ˈdōdō
 
/

noun (plural dodos or dodoes)

  • 1An 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.
    More example sentences
    • 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.
  • 1.1 informal An old-fashioned and ineffective person or thing.

Phrases

(as) dead as a (or the) dodo

informal Dead (used for emphasis).
No longer effective, valid, or interesting: the campaign was as dead as a dodo
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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