- 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 doughboys
It was something that the doughboys brought back with them.The Last Dick
December 2, 2008
And he says the roads are fairly choked with doughboys moving this way.Army Boys on the Firing Line
But the girl had her reward, in the looks of gratitude which the doughboys gave her.With the Doughboy in France
Doughboys is the popular present-day nickname for infantrymen.Trench Ballads and Other Verses
Erwin Clarkson Garrett
The enemy fell to pieces as soon as the doughboys came along.People of Destiny
A little after eleven the doughboys started back to their billets for dinner.The A.E.F.
- US informal an infantryman, esp in World War I
- dough that is boiled or steamed as a dumpling
Word Origin and History for doughboys
"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.
United States infantry soldiers who served in World War I.