past participle of do1.
Nonstandard. a simple past tense of do1.

auxiliary verb

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.



    be/have done with, to break off relations or connections with; stop.
    done for, Informal.
    1. tired; exhausted.
    2. deprived of one's means, position, etc.
    3. dead or close to death.
    done in, Informal. very tired; exhausted: He was really done in after a close race.
Related formshalf-done, adjective

Usage note

4. In the adjectival sense “completed, finished, through,” done dates from the 14th century and is entirely standard: Is your portrait done yet? Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for half-done

Historical Examples of half-done

British Dictionary definitions for half-done



(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
  1. an exclamation of frustration when something is ruined
  2. 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
  1. dead or almost dead
  2. in serious difficulty
done in or done up informal physically exhausted
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with half-done


In addition to the idioms beginning with done

  • done deal
  • done for
  • done in
  • done to a T

also see:

  • 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.

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