[ dou-tee ]
/ ˈdaʊ ti /

adjective, dough·ti·er, dough·ti·est.

steadfastly courageous and resolute; valiant.

Origin of doughty

before 1000; Middle English; Old English dohtig worthy, equivalent to *doht worth (cognate with Old High German toht; see dow1, -th1) + -ig -y1; replacing Old English dyhtig, cognate with German tüchtig

Related forms

dough·ti·ly, adverbdough·ti·ness, nounun·dough·ty, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for doughtiness (1 of 2)


/ (ˈdaʊtɪ) /

adjective -tier or -tiest

hardy; resolute

Derived Forms

doughtily, adverbdoughtiness, noun

Word Origin for doughty

Old English dohtig; related to Old High German toht worth, Middle Dutch duchtich strong, Greek tukhē luck

British Dictionary definitions for doughtiness (2 of 2)


/ (ˈdaʊtɪ) /


Charles Montagu. 1843–1926, English writer and traveller; author of Travels in Arabia Deserta (1888)
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