dough

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

Synonyms for dough

Synonyms

bread [slang], bucks, cabbage [slang], cash, change, chips, coin, currency, gold, green, jack [slang], kale [slang], legal tender, lolly [British], long green [slang], loot, lucre, money, moola (or moolah) [slang], needful, pelf, scratch [slang], shekels (also sheqels), tender, wampum

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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

Divide dough in half and roll each half between 2 pieces of parchment to 1/8 inch thick. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Ruby Red Grapefruit Tartlets," 8 Mar. 2019 Bon appétit! Roll chilled dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper into a 16-inch circle. Beth Lipton, Country Living, "Bacon and Leek Deep-Dish Quiche," 8 Mar. 2019 Let pizza dough stand at room temperature until ready to use. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Vegetable Pizza," 7 Mar. 2019 Eggs aren't the only reason to avoid eating raw dough or batter—flour can carry pathogens, too. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "General Mills Recalls Gold Medal Flour for Possible Salmonella Risk," 24 Jan. 2019 Iowa State Fair's strangest food this year could be cookie dough spaghetti. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump suggests Russia in revoking Brennan's clearance; Mass overdose mystery in Connecticut," 16 Aug. 2018 Leave room for dessert, especially crowd favorites like the Belgian waffle topped with chocolate sauce, maple syrup, and chantilly cream, or the Lyonnaise-style bugnes (donut dough served with chocolate sauce). Karin Eldor, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunches in Montreal," 6 Aug. 2018 Here’s the kicker that the report authors slipped in: if New York doesn’t legalize pot, but New Jersey does, all that dough will end up fueling New Jersey’s economy. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Legalizing weed is the right move for New York, the state’s health department says," 13 July 2018 With this deal, not only is Emma raking in the dough, but her skin has been looking better than ever! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Emma Chamberlain's Age and Net-Worth is Seriously Unbelievable," 27 Feb. 2019

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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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douf

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dough-baked

doughball

doughbelly

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

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dough

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dough

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

dough

noun
\ ˈdō How to pronounce dough (audio) \

Kids Definition of dough

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

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