\ 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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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 Simply smush, squeeze and knead all the frustrations of the moment out of your system with this malleable dough that's modeled after art therapist clay. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The pizza chain is now open right off Interstate 10, serving pies made with dough that is freshly made and rolled every day. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 21 Apr. 2022 Emma Owl Use cookie cutters to make heart shapes with salt dough. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 21 Apr. 2022 The conchas here, which are made with a dough stained a vibrant yellow color, were baked to a deeper brown than most for a pleasant nutty aroma while remaining tender. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Mar. 2022 The 650-square-foot cafe, which opened last weekend, specializes in a baked version of the popular Japanese-American doughnut style, made here with a slightly fluffier dough akin to Hawaiian butter mochi (but still gluten- and dairy-free). oregonlive, 2 Mar. 2022 At Suárez Bakery, the king cake is made with a sweet brioche dough and iced with vanilla glaze. Rachel Taylor, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2022 Beitcher briefly sold a similar babka at Tartine in 2015, with a laminated dough and a touch of whole grain. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Feb. 2022 For the Ricotta Cavatelli: Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook attachment for 12 minutes. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, 28 Dec. 2021 See More

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

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