dough

noun
\ˈdō \

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 \ 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

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Evenly space balls of dough on baking sheet, gently pressing on each to flatten it a bit. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Cane syrup, a Southern staple, makes its way to Seattle just in time for prime pecan-pie season," 20 Nov. 2018 To most of us, that sounds like a lot of dough, but after taxes and benefits—not to mention student loans, for that Stanford tech education—that could be less than $5,000 a month, which won’t buy a particularly high quality of life here. Lisa Selin Davis, Curbed, "Amazon’s New York City move is bad for the city—and for Amazon’s employees," 20 Nov. 2018 No, these dumplings, in their broadest classification, consist of pieces of dough wrapped around...something. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 Daily Harvest Cookie Dough, $48 (three packs of 12), daily-harvest.com Make baking easy on the soon-to-be newlyweds and gift them ready-to-bake dough. Vogue, "Get Ahead of the Registry: 20 Gift Ideas for Your Newly Engaged Friend," 16 Nov. 2018 Pierce dough about a dozen times with a fork to aid even rising. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 The hefty cinnamon rolls, made with croissant dough to add more labor to the process, have drawn a cult following. New York Times, "A Restaurant Takes On the Opioid Crisis, One Worker at a Time," 10 July 2018 And of course, there’s chocolate chip dough with mini chocolate chips. Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "A new summer treat: Cookie dough that’s safe to eat," 2 July 2018 Top with the remaining pie crust dough, trimming and crimping the edges as needed. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "It’s a June thing: Cherries, blueberries and raspberries are all ripe right now," 28 June 2018

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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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dough-baked

doughball

doughbelly

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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 \

Kids Definition of dough

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

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