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From do +‎ -n't.




  1. Contraction of do not, negative auxiliary.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 7, in 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.
    • 1868, Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, chapter 2:
      My mother knows old Mr. Laurence, but says he’s very proud and don’t like to mix with his neighbors.
    • 1971, Carol King, “So Far Away”, Tapestry, Ode Records:
      I sure hope the road don’t come to own me.
    • 2000, Eminem (music), “Stan”, in The Marshall Mathers LP:
      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 (music), “She Don't Like the Lights”, in Believe:
      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 (music), “Highway Don't Care”, in Two Lanes of Freedom:
      The highway don't care
  3. (African American Vernacular) Used before an emphatic negative subject.
    Don’t nobody care.




  1. Stop!, Don't touch that!


don't ‎(plural don'ts)

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


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