\ ˈdō How to pronounce doe (audio) \
plural does or doe

Definition of doe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the adult female of various mammals (such as a deer, rabbit, or kangaroo) of which the male is called buck

Definition of DOE (Entry 2 of 2)

1 Department of Energy
2 depends on experience

Examples of doe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One day, Dianne McDowell saw what looked like a doe in a nest of leaves in the backyard of her Lemoyne, Pa., home. Washington Post, "Some tasty, food-inspired names were on the menu for these pets," 29 Nov. 2020 The camera showed a lone, long-faced doe that seemed to live there. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "The Rut Hunt of a Lifetime," 23 Nov. 2020 Often a mature buck will work these perimeter trails, checking for the scent of a hot doe, without ever poking his nose into a field. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "The 7 Best Days of the 2020 Whitetail Deer Rut," 20 Oct. 2020 Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, "This Is What the Bible Really Says About Sex, For Those Who Are Wondering," 4 Mar. 2020 The deer was sixty yards away, moving steadily, its head down, probably following the scent of doe in estrus. New York Times, "‘August,’ by Callan Wink: An Excerpt," 31 Mar. 2020 That’s just what this video of Chloe Dorsey saving a doe in Stone Mountain Park, Georgia did for most of us. Danielle Young, Essence, "Hilarious Reaction Video Watching A Black Woman Save A Deer," 27 Sep. 2019 During a one-week period in November, our group shot four doe whitetails of roughly the same size and age, all within 30 miles of each other in central New York. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "How Long Should You Age Venison?," 6 Apr. 2020 The rescue of a doe on Orange Beach was captured on camera Friday afternoon. Levi Edwards |, al, "Watch a baby deer being saved from drowning at an Alabama beach," 28 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of doe


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for doe


Middle English do, from Old English ; akin to German dialect doe

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11 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Doe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of doe

: a female animal (such as a deer, rabbit, or kangaroo)


\ ˈdō How to pronounce doe (audio) \

Kids Definition of doe

: the female of an animal (as a deer or kangaroo) the male of which is called buck

Medical Definition of DOE

dyspnea on exertion

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