Words related to do

doable (adj.)

"capable of being done, within one's power to perform," mid-15c., from do (v.) + -able.

doer (n.)

"one who does something, one who performs or executes," c. 1300, agent noun from do.

doff (v.)

"put or take off" an article of clothing, especially a hat or cap, late 14c., doffen, a contraction of do off, preserving the original sense of do as "put." At the time of Johnson's Dictionary [1755] the word was "obsolete, and rarely used except by rustics," and also in literature as a conscious archaism, but it was saved from extinction (along with don (v.)) by Sir Walter Scott. However, dout and dup did not survive. Related: Doffed; doffing.

doing (n.)

"a thing done, a feat or action, good or bad," early 13c., verbal noun from do (v.). From early 14c. as "performance or execution of something." In the former sense, now usually in plural, doings. From c. 1600-1800 it also was a euphemism for "copulation."

do-nothing (n.)

"an idler," 1570s, from the verbal phrase; see do (v.) + nothing. As an adjective, "doing no work, indolent, inactive," by 1832.


former third person singular present indicative of do; see does.

fordo (v.)
Old English fordon "destroy, ruin, kill," from for- + don (see do (v.)). Related: Fordone; fordoing. The adjective foredone "killed, destroyed" (Old English, Middle English) now is archaic, replaced by done for.
hairdo (n.)
also hair-do, 1932, from hair + do (v.). Phrase do (one's) hair attested from 1875.
misdo (v.)

Old English misdon, "to do evil or wrong, transgress, err" (senses now obsolete), common Germanic compound (compare Old Frisian misdua, Middle Dutch misdoen, Old High German missituon, German misstun); see mis- (1) + do (v.). Meaning "to do (work, etc.) improperly" is from 1840. Related: Misdoer; misdone; misdoing.

outdo (v.)

also out-do, "exceed, surpass, perform beyond," c. 1600, from out- + do (v.). Related: Outdone, outdoing.

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