[ doh ]
/ doʊ /


flour or meal combined with water, milk, etc., in a mass for baking into bread, cake, etc.; paste of bread.
any similar soft, pasty mass.
Slang. money.

Nearby words

  1. douceur,
  2. douche,
  3. douche bag,
  4. douchebag,
  5. doug,
  6. dough bird,
  7. dough hook,
  8. doughbelly,
  9. doughboy,
  10. doughboys

Origin of dough

before 1000; Middle English do(u)gh, do(u)h, dou(e), Old English dāg, dāh; cognate with Dutch deeg, Old Norse deig, Gothic daigs, German Teig

Related formsdough·like, adjective

Can be confuseddoe dough Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dough


/ (dəʊ) /


a thick mixture of flour or meal and water or milk, used for making bread, pastry, etc
any similar pasty mass
a slang word for money

Word Origin for dough

Old English dāg; related to Old Norse deig, Gothic daigs, Old High German teig dough, Sanskrit degdhi he daubs; see dairy, duff 1, lady

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Word Origin and History for dough



Old English dag "dough," from Proto-Germanic *daigaz "something kneaded" (cf. Old Norse deig, Swedish deg, Middle Dutch deech, Dutch deeg, Old High German teic, German Teig, Gothic daigs "dough"), from PIE *dheigh- "to build, to form, to knead" (cf. Sanskrit dehah "body," literally "that which is formed," dih- "to besmear;" Greek teikhos "wall;" Latin fingere "to form, fashion," figura "a shape, form, figure;" Gothic deigan "to smear;" Old Irish digen "firm, solid," originally "kneaded into a compact mass"). Meaning "money" is from 1851.

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