- steadfastly courageous and resolute; valiant.
Origin of doughty
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- Charles Mon·ta·gu [mon-tuh-gyoo] /ˈmɒn təˌgyu/, 1843–1926, English traveler and writer.
Examples from the Web for doughty
As Doughty explains, no one really knows what the rules are when it comes to death.Cremains of the Day
October 10, 2014
I believe an archetype was born in those years, that of the doughty British woman—proud, opinionated, but with a heart of gold.The Tragic, Heroic Women of World War I
June 29, 2014
Doughty, too, was England, in its game against Italy, although unfruitfully so.
That will be a harder claim to make after today: its soccer team is a doughty legion.
There was a pen the nibs of which were of ruby, set in gold, made by Doughty.The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
The doughty atheling to high-seat hastened and Hrothgar greeted.Beowulf
I was grateful to the doughty Mr. Atwood, but just then I should have enjoyed choking him.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
There was a quality to that smile which was not lost upon the doughty officer.The Coyote
It was a dismal hour for the proud court of the doughty governor.Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska
Charles Warren Stoddard
- hardy; resolute
- Charles Montagu. 1843–1926, English writer and traveller; author of Travels in Arabia Deserta (1888)
Word Origin and History for doughty
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.