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[doh] /doʊ/
noun, plural does (especially collectively) doe.
the female of the deer, antelope, goat, rabbit, and certain other animals.
Origin of doe
before 1000; Middle English do, Old English dā; cognate with Danish daa; akin to Old English dēon to suck
Can be confused
doe, dough.


Also, d.o.e. depends on experience; depending on experience: used in stating a salary range in help-wanted ads. Unabridged
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  • The deer finally worked up in gun shot, and they proved to be an old doe, a yearling and the doe's fawn.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • Then he spied the body of the doe, and simply gasped with open mouth.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • I reckon they're something like the horns you'll often see on a doe antelope.

    Jack the Young Trapper George Bird Grinnell
  • Many other foolish Rites they have, whereupon they doe dote as foolishly.

  • A doe with twin fawns, and none of the three even suspecting that they were being watched, moved delicately ahead of him.

    The Duck-footed Hound James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for doe


noun (pl) does, doe
the female of the deer, hare, rabbit, and certain other animals
Word Origin
Old English dā; related to Old English dēon to suck, Sanskrit dhēnā cow


(law) (formerly) the plaintiff in a fictitious action, Doe versus Roe, to test a point of law See also Roe
(US) John Doe, Jane Doe, an unknown or unidentified male or female person


(in Canada and, formerly, in Britain) Department of the Environment
(in the US) Department of Energy
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Word Origin and History for doe

Old English da "a female deer," of unknown origin, perhaps a Celtic loan-word (cf. Cornish da "fallow deer," Old Irish dam "ox," Welsh dafad "sheep").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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