: a mixture that consists essentially of flour or meal and a liquid (such as milk or water) and is stiff enough to knead or roll
: something resembling dough especially in consistency
: money
doesn't have much dough
military : doughboy
doughlike adjective

Examples of dough in a Sentence

I don't have much dough. didn't have to spend a lot of dough for a new stereo
Recent Examples on the Web The 18-inch pies are all made with homemade dough and cooked in a 725-degree brick oven. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 24 Sep. 2023 On the other hand, softened, room-temperature butter incorporates smoothly into the dough, forming a solid, stable foundation for the cookies. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 21 Sep. 2023 Guru Donuts uses potatoes in the dough of several offerings, including one donut rolled in cinnamon sugar and another with a maple glaze. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Sep. 2023 The seven new offerings in honor of the change of seasons include a pumpkin pie Blizzard and snickerdoodle cookie dough Blizzard. Sam Burros, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2023 Electric extruders operate by extruding the pasta dough from a dough chamber and then kneading and cutting the pasta on its own. Michelle Love, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Sep. 2023 Add half-and-half and stir just enough for dough to come together (do not overwork). Joseph Lee, Country Living, 8 Sep. 2023 Instead, it’s made from a simple wheat flour and water dough that’s kneaded until silky-smooth (as with noodles or dumpling skin). Cathy Erway, Bon Appétit, 5 Sep. 2023 Press the dough down and use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to a 3/4-inch thick disc. Micah A Leal, Southern Living, 18 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English doh, dogh, dowe, going back to Old English dāg, going back to Germanic *daiga- (whence Middle Dutch deech "dough," Old High German teig, Old Norse deig, deigr, Gothic daigs), ablaut derivative from the base of *digan-, *dīgan- "to knead, shape" (whence Gothic digan, gadigan "to knead, form from clay"), going back to Indo-European *dhei̯ǵh- "knead, shape" — more at feign

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dough was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dough.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a soft mass of moistened flour or meal thick enough to knead or roll
: something resembling dough especially in consistency

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