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Webster 1913 Edition


Ditto

Dit′to

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Dittos
.
[It.,
detto
,
ditto
, fr. L.
dictum
. See
Dictum
.]
The aforesaid thing; the same (as before). Often contracted to do., or to two “turned commas” (”), or small marks. Used in bills, books of account, tables of names, etc., to save repetition.
A spacious table in the center, and a variety of smaller
dittos
in the corners.
Dickens.

Dit′to

,
adv.
As before, or aforesaid; in the same manner; also.

Webster 1828 Edition


Ditto

DITTO

, contracted into do, in books of accounts, is the Italian detto, from L. It denotes said, aforesaid, or the same thing; an abbreviation used to save repetition.

Definition 2023


ditto

ditto

English

Noun

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.
    • Hudson (MA) MetroWest Daily News, “New 'Indiana' film whips up plenty of thrills”, in (Please provide the title of the work):
      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?”, in 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”, in 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”, in 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”, in 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.

Synonyms

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

Translations

Adverb

ditto (comparative more ditto, superlative most ditto)

  1. As said before, likewise.

Translations

Verb

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.

Synonyms

Translations

Interjection

ditto

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

Derived terms


Portuguese

Noun

ditto m (plural dittos)

  1. Obsolete spelling of dito

Adjective

ditto m (feminine singular ditta, masculine plural dittos, feminine plural dittas, comparable)

  1. Obsolete spelling of dito

Verb

ditto

  1. Obsolete spelling of dito