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doughty

[dou-tee] /ˈdaʊ ti/
adjective, doughtier, doughtiest.
1.
steadfastly courageous and resolute; valiant.
Origin of doughty
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English dohtig worthy, equivalent to *doht worth (cognate with Old High German toht; see dow1, -th1) + -ig -y1; replacing Old English dyhtig, cognate with German tüchtig
Related forms
doughtily, adverb
doughtiness, noun
undoughty, adjective
Synonyms
brave, bold, intrepid, fearless, dauntless.

Doughty

[dou-tee] /ˈdaʊ ti/
noun
1.
Charles Montagu
[mon-tuh-gyoo] /ˈmɒn təˌgyu/ (Show IPA),
1843–1926, English traveler and writer.
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British Dictionary definitions for doughty

doughty

/ˈdaʊtɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
hardy; resolute
Derived Forms
doughtily, adverb
doughtiness, noun
Word Origin
Old English dohtig; related to Old High German toht worth, Middle Dutch duchtich strong, Greek tukhē luck

Doughty

/ˈdaʊtɪ/
noun
1.
Charles Montagu. 1843–1926, English writer and traveller; author of Travels in Arabia Deserta (1888)
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Word Origin and History for doughty
adj.

Old English dohtig "competent, good, valiant," from dyhtig "strong," related to dugan "to be fit, be able, be strong," and influenced by its past participle, dohte.

All from Proto-Germanic *duhtiz- (cf. Middle High German tühtec, German tüchtig, Middle Dutch duchtich), from PIE *dheugh- "to be fit, be of use, proper" (cf. German Tugend "virtue," Greek teukhein "to make ready," Irish dual "becoming, fit," Russian dužij "strong, robust"). Rare after 17c.; in deliberately archaic or mock-heroic use since c.1800. If it had survived, its modern form would be dighty.

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