verb (used with object), for·did, for·done, for·do·ing. Archaic.

to do away with; kill; destroy.
to ruin; undo.

Nearby words

  1. ford, gerald rudolph,
  2. ford, henry,
  3. ford, john,
  4. forde,
  5. fordless,
  6. fordone,
  7. fordyce's spots,
  8. fore,
  9. fore and aft,
  10. fore clipping

Also foredo.

Origin of fordo

before 900; Middle English fordon, Old English fordōn (see fore-, do1); cognate with Dutch verdoen, Old High German fartuon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fordo



verb -does, -doing, -did or -done (tr) archaic

to destroy
to exhaust

Word Origin for fordo

Old English fordōn; related to Old Saxon fardōn, Old High German fartuon, Dutch verdoen; see for-, do 1

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