doughty

[dou-tee]
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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 formsdough·ti·ly, adverbdough·ti·ness, nounun·dough·ty, adjective

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Doughty

[dou-tee]
noun
  1. Charles Mon·ta·gu [mon-tuh-gyoo] /ˈmɒn təˌgyu/, 1843–1926, English traveler and writer.
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Contemporary Examples of doughty

  • As Doughty explains, no one really knows what the rules are when it comes to death.

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    Cremains of the Day

    Jessica Ferri

    October 10, 2014

  • I believe an archetype was born in those years, that of the doughty British woman—proud, opinionated, but with a heart of gold.

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    The Tragic, Heroic Women of World War I

    Jacqueline Winspear

    June 29, 2014

  • Doughty, too, was England, in its game against Italy, although unfruitfully so.

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    The Group of Life

    Tunku Varadarajan

    June 15, 2014

  • That will be a harder claim to make after today: its soccer team is a doughty legion.

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    The Group of Life

    Tunku Varadarajan

    June 15, 2014

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British Dictionary definitions for doughty

doughty

adjective -tier or -tiest
  1. hardy; resolute
Derived Formsdoughtily, adverbdoughtiness, noun

Word Origin for doughty

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

Doughty

noun
  1. Charles Montagu. 1843–1926, English writer and traveller; author of Travels in Arabia Deserta (1888)
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Word Origin and History for doughty
adj.

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.

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