- Informal. an American infantryman, especially in World War I.
- a rounded mass of dough, boiled or steamed as a dumpling or deep-fried and served as a hot bread.
Origin of doughboy
Examples from the Web for doughboy
This story was from the lips of a doughboy whose home was in Philadelphia.The Fight for the Argonne
William Benjamin West
But if a doughboy could not or would not pay, no questions were asked.With the Doughboy in France
"Yes, sir, we certainly did see some aeroplanes," said a doughboy.
The doughboy was afraid it was going to be some more nurses and doctors.
I was in a base hospital one day when a doughboy came in all gory about the head.
- US informal an infantryman, esp in World War I
- dough that is boiled or steamed as a dumpling
Word Origin and History for doughboy
"U.S. soldier," 1864, American English, said to have been in oral use from 1854, or from the Mexican-American War (1847), it is perhaps from resemblance of big buttons on old uniforms to a sort of biscuit of that name (1680s), but there are various other conjectures.