doughboy

[ doh-boi ]
/ ˈdoʊˌbɔɪ /

noun

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.

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Origin of doughboy

1675–85; dough + boy; sense “infantryman,” from mid-1860s, is obscurely derived; two plausible, but unsubstantiated claims: doughboy orig. referred to the globular brass buttons on infantry uniforms, likened to the pastry; dough referred to a clay used to clean the white uniform belts
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British Dictionary definitions for doughboys

doughboy

/ (ˈdəʊˌbɔɪ) /

noun

US informal an infantryman, esp in World War I
dough that is boiled or steamed as a dumpling
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Culture definitions for doughboys

doughboys


United States infantry soldiers who served in World War I.

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