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or dox·ie

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noun, plural dox·ies.
  1. opinion; doctrine.
  2. religious views.
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Origin of doxy1

First recorded in 1720–30; extracted from heterodoxy, orthodoxy


noun, plural dox·ies.
  1. an immoral woman; prostitute.
  2. Archaic. a mistress.
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Origin of doxy2

First recorded in 1520–30; of obscure origin
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Historical Examples

  • Steve Webster was driving Doxy Morton in his mother's buggy.

    The Village Watch-Tower

    (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • And so it is with me, bully boy, saving that my doxy cometh not.

  • It was so bad, they said, that there was not the least glimmer of any doxy whatever left about it.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope

  • She is the doxy in "The Jolly Beggars," sitting on the soldier's lap.

    George Cruikshank

    W. H. Chesson

  • "Orthodoxy is my doxy and Heterodoxy your doxy," is a saying which has been attributed to him as his own.

British Dictionary definitions for doxy



noun plural doxies
  1. opinion or doctrine, esp concerning religious matters
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Word Origin

C18: independent use of -doxy as in orthodoxy, heterodoxy


noun plural doxies
  1. archaic, slang a prostitute or mistress
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Word Origin

C16: probably from Middle Flemish docke doll; compare Middle Dutch docke doll
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Word Origin and History for doxy


"rogue's girlfriend," 1520s, slang, of unknown origin (cf. dell (2)). Liberman says it is probably from Low German dokke "doll," "with the deterioration of meaning from 'sweetheart' and 'wench' to 'whore.'"

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