- contraction of do not.
- Nonstandard except in some dialects. contraction of does not.
- don'ts, customs, rules, or regulations that forbid something: The boss has a long list of don'ts that you had better observe if you want a promotion.Compare do1(def 55).
Don't is the standard contraction for do not. As a contraction for does not, don't first appeared in writing in the latter half of the 17th century, about the same time as the first written appearance of other contracted forms with not, like mayn't and can't. Don't remained the standard contraction for does not in both speech and writing through the 18th century. During the 19th century, under pressure from those who thought it illogical and who preferred doesn't in that use, don't for does not gradually became less frequent in writing but continued to be common in speech. Don't for does not still occurs in the informal speech and in the personal writing of many Americans, including the well educated, especially in the Midland and Southern dialects. It does not occur in edited writing or formal speech.
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They just dont get that there is a reason the Queen has only ever holidayed at her estate in Balmoral in Scotland.The British Royals Dubious Love Affair With Repressive Kazakhstan
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Write me at the Hotel Quintana Pamplona Spain Or dont you like to write letters.Ernest Hemingway’s Macho Letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald
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I dont know of many people who refer to the civil rights bill as the Everett Dirksen bill.The Immigration Bandwagon
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There is always a story that maybe you dont know looking from the outside in.Your Puffy-Face Moments, Inspired by Ashley Judd
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NS: we just heard that FAEZEH HASHEMI is released the daughter I dont have TV sorry.Exclusive Tehran Account: Rejoicing Rafsanjani's Daughter's Release
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I dont need to reckon at all; thats a difficulty easily got over.
If the hurricane swept away our tent, I dont know where we should find it again.
I dont see thats any sufficient reason for not attempting it.
Let us be just, then, and dont let any bad feeling get in among us.
Well stand them on their heads to-morrow nightsee if we dont.The Fifth String
John Philip Sousa
- do not
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Word Origin and History for dont
contraction of do not, recorded from 1630s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper