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adjective Archaic.
  1. exhausted with fatigue.
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Also foredone.

Origin of fordone

First recorded in 1580–90; past participle of fordo


verb (used with object), for·did, for·done, for·do·ing. Archaic.
  1. to do away with; kill; destroy.
  2. to ruin; undo.
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Origin of fordo

before 900; Middle English fordon, Old English fordōn (see fore-, do1); cognate with Dutch verdoen, Old High German fartuon
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Related Words for fordone

dilapidated, derelict, undone, shot, spoilt, undid, irreparable, irremediable, fordone

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Historical Examples of fordone

  • There, once more, rose frightful struggle; desperate attempt by the fordone Prussians to retake that Height.

    History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XIX. (of XXI.)

    Thomas Carlyle

  • He came across them as they fared slowly down the bent, looking weary and fordone.

    The Sundering Flood

    William Morris

  • Two days he battled thus with storm and blindness, and wanhope of his life; for he was growing weak and fordone.

  • Many of the men wore out before dawn and were fordone: hands frozen, feet frozen, lips and throat frozen—heart frozen.

    Billy Topsail, M.D.

    Norman Duncan

  • He moaned again, but so hopelessly, as being so weary and fordone, that Abbot Milo began to blubber out loud.

British Dictionary definitions for fordone



verb -does, -doing, -did or -done (tr) archaic
  1. to destroy
  2. to exhaust
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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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