for·​do fȯr-ˈdü How to pronounce fordo (audio)
variants or less commonly foredo
fordid also foredid fȯr-ˈdid How to pronounce fordo (audio) ; fordone also foredone fȯr-ˈdən How to pronounce fordo (audio) ; fordoing also foredoing fȯr-ˈdü-iŋ How to pronounce fordo (audio) ; fordoes also foredoes fȯr-ˈdəz How to pronounce fordo (audio)

transitive verb

: to overcome with fatigue
used only as past participle
quite fordone with the heat
archaic : to do away with : destroy

Word History


Middle English fordon, from Old English fordōn, from for- + dōn to do

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of fordo was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near fordo

Cite this Entry

“Fordo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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