- South Midland and Southern U.S. Nonstandard. (used with a principal verb in the past or, sometimes, present tense to indicate completed action): I done told you so. He done eat his lunch.
- completed; finished; through: Our work is done.
- cooked sufficiently.
- worn out; exhausted; used up.
- in conformity with fashion, good taste, or propriety; acceptable: It isn't done.
- be/have done with, to break off relations or connections with; stop.
- done for, Informal.
- tired; exhausted.
- deprived of one's means, position, etc.
- dead or close to death.
- done in, Informal. very tired; exhausted: He was really done in after a close race.
Examples from the Web for half-done
I must choose surer hands—the work must not be half-done, as heretofore.Rookwood
William Harrison Ainsworth
You have half-done it, but only half, because you have not understood.Our Square and the People in It
Samuel Hopkins Adams
We have heaps of business to do in London—heaps—and the book is only half-done.The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Irma shuffled over on her crooked high heels and returned with the half-done pajamas.Working With the Working Woman
Cornelia Stratton Parker
Nothing ever showed the wisdom of the proverb about half-done work, children and fools, better; and, alas!A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2
- (of a job, task, project, etc) only partially completed
- the past participle of do 1
- be done with or have done with to end relations with
- have done to be completely finishedhave you done?
- that's done it
- an exclamation of frustration when something is ruined
- an exclamation when something is completed
- an expression of agreement, as on the settlement of a bargain between two parties
- completed; finished
- cooked enoughdone to a turn
- used upthey had to surrender when the ammunition was done
- socially proper or acceptablethat isn't done in higher circles
- informal cheated; tricked
- done for informal
- dead or almost dead
- in serious difficulty
- done in or done up informal physically exhausted
Word Origin and History for half-done
past participle of do; from Old English past participle gedon (a vestige of the prefix is in ado). U.S. Southern use of done in phrases like "he done gone to the store" is attested from 1827, according to OED: "a perfective auxiliary or with adverbial force in the sense 'already; completely.' " Meaning "finished" is early 15c. Slang done for "doomed" is from 1842.
Idioms and Phrases with half-done
In addition to the idioms beginning with done
- easier said than done
- good as done
- have done (with)
- no sooner said (than done)
- not done
- over and done with
- seen one, seen them all (been there, done that)
- what's done is done
- when all's said and done
Also see underdo.