used in expressions of time with the simple past tense to show how far in the past something happened two weeks/months/years ago The letter came a few days ago. She was here just a minute ago. a short/long time ago How long ago did you buy it? It was on TV not (so) long ago. He stopped working some time ago (= quite a long time ago). They're getting married? It's not that long ago (= it's only a short time ago) that they met! Word Origin Middle English ago, agone, past participle of the obsolete verb ago ‘pass’, used to express passage of time.