Definition of ditto in English:



  • 1Used in accounts and lists to indicate that an item is repeated (often indicated by a ditto mark under the word or figure to be repeated)

    1. 1.1informal Used to indicate that something already said is applicable a second time.
      ‘if one folds his arms, so does the other; if one crosses his legs, ditto’
      • ‘And ditto the literary works being sampled, which in this novel pay homage to the half-submerged tradition of post-1950 British experimental fiction.’
      • ‘And ditto all of you… lots of good material here.’
      • ‘And ditto for those big 4-wheel-drive badges on the mud flaps.’
      • ‘I complained and was told I could have only 500 words; ditto, then 700 words.’
      • ‘So zero marks for slow, ditto for marketing effectiveness and maybe full marks for enigmatic and intriguing.’
      • ‘Tactically, it's clear that the fleet is less handily placed in Holland, and the army ditto in Denmark.’
  • 2A similar thing; a duplicate.


Early 17th century (in the sense in the aforesaid month): from Tuscan dialect, variant of Italian detto said from Latin dictus said.