[ doo-ing ]
/ ˈdu ɪŋ /


action; performance; execution: Your misfortune is not of my doing.
doings, deeds; proceedings; happenings; events.

Nearby words

  1. dohnányi,
  2. dohnányi, ernst von,
  3. doi,
  4. doiled,
  5. doily,
  6. doings,
  7. doisy,
  8. doisy, edward adelbert,
  9. doit,
  10. doited

Origin of doing

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at do1, -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doings

British Dictionary definitions for doings


/ (ˈduːɪŋz) /

pl n

deeds, actions or events
British and NZ informal anything of which the name is not known, or euphemistically left unsaid, etchave you got the doings for starting the car?


/ (ˈduːɪŋ) /


an action or the performance of an actionwhose doing is this?
informal a beating or castigation
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Word Origin and History for doings



early 13c., verbal noun from do (v.). From c.1600-1800 it also was a euphemism for "copulation."

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