\ 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 doughlike (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 Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, drop rounded scoops (2-3 tablespoons) of dough 2 inches apart onto prepared sheets. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are hearty enough to get you through the school (or work) week," 23 Jan. 2020 Scoop balls of dough, about 2 Tbsp each, onto prepared sheets, spacing 2 in. apart. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Strawberry-Oatmeal Cookies," 22 Jan. 2020 When cut with other alternative flours, it can be kneaded into a gluten-free pasta dough. Paul Stephen,, "Doing paleo, keto or Whole30? 5 wheat-alternative flours and how to use them," 8 Jan. 2020 Drop 2-tablespoon mounds of dough about 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Testing recipes brought a steady stream of new dishes to my table. A few became favorites.," 7 Jan. 2020 Easily mold spritz butter cookies in the shape of butterflies, snowflakes, flowers, shells, and more by filling the clear cylinder with dough, choosing a metal disk design, and pushing down on the lever. Popular Science, "Gear that will help you win a cookie contest," 2 Jan. 2020 Acosta, who is Mexican-American, gets together with her mother and two sisters to make tamales — a daylong process involving cleaning the corn husks, then filling them with masa dough, chili peppers and shredded chicken. Amy Forliti, The Denver Post, "AP poll shows most Americans feel grateful during the holidays — and stressed," 20 Dec. 2019 But Kristi Ross, the co-CEO of financial tech firm tastytrade, which is the parent company of new online broker dough, thinks E-Trade could be a takeover target as well. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Charles Schwab agrees to buy TD Ameritrade for $26 billion," 25 Nov. 2019 Basically, a baker may have to use more water than is typical to create a workable dough because apple flour can absorb so much more than wheat. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Scientists are playing with apple flour to pack cookies with fiber," 18 Nov. 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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The first known use of dough was before the 12th century

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6 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dough.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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