\ ˈdō How to pronounce dough (audio) \

Definition of dough

1 : 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
2 : something resembling dough especially in consistency
3 : money doesn't have much dough
4 military : doughboy

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Other Words from dough

doughlike \ ˈdō-​ˌlīk How to pronounce dough (audio) \ adjective

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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 Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on prepared sheets, spacing about 1 1/2 inches apart. Kristina Kurek, Good Housekeeping, "Pecan Berry Bursts," 19 Feb. 2021 Press them into the dough lightly with the rolling pin. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Homemade crackers 2.0: They’re not just for cheese boards anymore," 12 Feb. 2021 For pasties with meat fillings, lard is the key ingredient to the dough's richness; the vegetarian pasties are made with butter. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 12 Feb. 2021 To make the Pasta Dough: Mound the flour on a clean surface or put it in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Classic Lasagna alla Bolognese," 2 Feb. 2021 Since microwaves vary in power, pay more attention to the look and texture of the mochi dough than the times listed in the recipe. Janelle Bitker,, "Make mochi for New Year's with this Bay Area native's adorable new cookbook," 30 Dec. 2020 Place the raw dough on the sheet and lay out your guides on top. Sara Chodosh, Popular Science, "How to build a gingerbread house that won’t fall apart," 25 Dec. 2020 Refrigerate the dough until ready to roll out, at least 15 minutes or up to overnight. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Make This Scrumptious Sugar Cookie Recipe from Beloved New Orleans Bakery Willa Jean," 24 Dec. 2020 If vodka is a no-go, simply substitute more ice water, taking care not to overwork the dough. Washington Post, "How to substitute for alcohol in cooking and baking," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of dough

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

History and Etymology for dough

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

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

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26 Feb 2021

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“Dough.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dough

: a mixture of flour, water, and other ingredients that is baked to make bread, cookies, etc.


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Kids Definition of dough

1 : a thick mixture usually mainly of flour and liquid that is baked bread dough

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