\ 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 So stick with the cocoa powder and save your chocolate bars for chopping up and adding to cookie dough. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Cocoa Powder is the Secret to Superior Brownies," 10 Mar. 2020 Pat the cookie dough into the skillet and bake until golden brown and the middle is almost set, about 25 minutes. The View, ABC News, "Eat guilt-free thanks to these keto comfort food recipes," 6 Mar. 2020 The result: Even after a few minutes of resting, the cookie dough remained raw and adhered to the pan. cleveland, "How do you bake 131 frozen pizzas at office or without oven? With this nifty spinning pizza cooker: Happy National Pizza Day," 9 Feb. 2020 In the line are seven new pint size flavors: raspberry chocolate chunk, cake batter, blueberry donut, salted caramel brownie, crunchy peanut butter, cookie overload and mint cookie dough. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Taste test: Hudsonville Ice Cream new flavors are indulgent," 3 Feb. 2020 Repeat the process with the remaining dough (frying no more than 5 at once)., "Recipe: Hanukkah Churros," 11 Dec. 2019 For dessert, an ice cream sundae with fried cookie dough was more than one person could comfortably finish. Christina Tkacik,, "Review: At this new Hampden restaurant, invasive species like snakehead and blue catfish are approachable and delicious," 4 Dec. 2019 Spit out that last bite of leftover Thanksgiving stuffing and start rolling some gosh darn Christmas cookie dough. Rex Huppke,, "Column: Christmas is coming fast. Here are the things you should be panicking about.," 2 Dec. 2019 This festive soy candle supposedly smells like a mix of swirly twirly gum drops, the world's best cup of coffee, Francisco, syrup, and a whole roll of Tollhouse cookie dough. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Can Buy a Buddy the Elf-Inspired Candle That Smells Like Swirly Twirly Gumdrops," 3 Oct. 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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19 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dough.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 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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