Afrikaans, Zulu, Dutch, MalayShow more Nursery word, in Afrikaans as doedoe, but of many possible origins: Zulu duduza to lull (a baby) to sleep, or Dutch dodijnen to rock (a child) to sleep, or Malay dodoi a lullaby.
In children’s language: to (go to) sleep.Also (frequently doedoes) used with adverbial or adjectival force in the phrasesto go doedoe, to go doedoes,or (by analogy with ‘beddy-byes’) to go doedoebye, to go doedoebyes, to go to sleep, to go to bed. Cf. lala.
[1934C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 42Doedoe, An onomatopoeic word used by Afrikaans-speaking mothers when children are lulled to sleep. The term is also used as a verb signifying to sleep.]