adjective, dough·ti·er, dough·ti·est.
Origin of doughty
Definition for doughty (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for doughty
As Doughty explains, no one really knows what the rules are when it comes to death.
I believe an archetype was born in those years, that of the doughty British woman—proud, opinionated, but with a heart of gold.
Doughty, too, was England, in its game against Italy, although unfruitfully so.
That will be a harder claim to make after today: its soccer team is a doughty legion.
The doughty and aggressive Captain Ebenezer Allen harassed their rear whenever opportunity was given for striking a blow.Vermont|Rowland E. Robinson
In far-away England was a doughty youth, John Smith, who dreamed of battle and adventure.The Story of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith|E. Boyd Smith
Their helms and eke their mail-coats / bound on horse did stand: And doughty knights made ready / to fare from out that land.The Nibelungenlied|Unknown
In this same month he issued to Senator Douglas his doughty challenge to a series of debates.Abraham Lincoln's Cardinal Traits;|Clark S. Beardslee
He had observed that they were quarrelsome, doughty and well armed.Little Tom|V. Tille
British Dictionary definitions for doughty (1 of 2)
adjective -tier or -tiest
Word Origin for doughty
British Dictionary definitions for doughty (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for doughty
Old English dohtig "competent, good, valiant," from dyhtig "strong," related to dugan "to be fit, be able, be strong," and influenced by its past participle, dohte.
All from Proto-Germanic *duhtiz- (cf. Middle High German tühtec, German tüchtig, Middle Dutch duchtich), from PIE *dheugh- "to be fit, be of use, proper" (cf. German Tugend "virtue," Greek teukhein "to make ready," Irish dual "becoming, fit," Russian dužij "strong, robust"). Rare after 17c.; in deliberately archaic or mock-heroic use since c.1800. If it had survived, its modern form would be dighty.