don't

See also: dont and dönt

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From do +‎ -n't.

PronunciationEdit

ContractionEdit

don't

  1. Contraction of do not.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 7, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      “I don't know how you and the ‘head,’ as you call him, will get on, but I do know that if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. […]”
    • The Police, "Don't Stand So Close to Me", Zenyatta Mondatta, A&M Records:
      Don't Stand, Don't stand so, Don't stand so close to me.
  2. (nonstandard) Contraction of does not.
    • 1971, Carol King, “So Far Away”, Tapestry, Ode Records:
      I sure hope the road don’t come to own me.
    • 2000, Eminem, “Stan” (song), in The Marshall Mathers LP (album): 
      My girlfriend's jealous 'cause I talk about you twenty-four seven / But she don't know you like I know you, Slim, no one does / She don't know what it was like for people like us growing up / You gotta call me man, I'll be the biggest fan you'll ever lose
    • 2012, Justin Bieber, “She Don't Like the Lights” (song), in Believe (album): 
      She don't like the flash, wanna keep us in the dark / She don't like the fame, baby when we're miles apart
    • 2013, Tim McGraw, “Highway Don't Care” (song), in Two Lanes of Freedom (album): 
      The highway don't care
  3. (African American Vernacular) Used before an emphatic negative subject.
    Don’t nobody care.

TranslationsEdit

InterjectionEdit

don't

  1. Stop!, Don't do that!

NounEdit

don't (plural don'ts)

  1. Something that must not be done (usually in the phrase dos and don'ts).

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Last modified on 27 March 2014, at 18:38