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[fawr-duhn] /fɔrˈdʌn/
adjective, Archaic.
exhausted with fatigue.
Also, foredone.
Origin of fordone
1580-90; past participle of fordo


[fawr-doo] /fɔrˈdu/
verb (used with object), fordid, fordone, fordoing. Archaic.
to do away with; kill; destroy.
to ruin; undo.
Also, foredo.
before 900; Middle English fordon, Old English fordōn (see fore-, do1); cognate with Dutch verdoen, Old High German fartuon Unabridged
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  • He came across them as they fared slowly down the bent, looking weary and fordone.

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

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

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

    The Wood Beyond the World William Morris
  • In very truth Heracles, though far away, has saved his comrades, fordone with thirst.

    The Argonautica Apollonius Rhodius
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for fordone


verb (transitive) (archaic) -does, -doing, -did, -done
to destroy
to exhaust
Word Origin
Old English fordōn; related to Old Saxon fardōn, Old High German fartuon, Dutch verdoen; see for-, do1
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