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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 The lamination process, whereby dough and butter are pressed into a dozen or more layers, came later, but a modern croissant would be unrecognizable without it. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Portland’s best croissants, ranked," 13 Nov. 2019 Sprinkle half of the water over the dough and stir with a fork to mix. Nneka M. Okona,, "New cookbook 'Jubilee’ pays tribute to 200 years of African American culinarians and recipes," 11 Nov. 2019 Fold the overhanging dough underneath itself and crimp the edges. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Tricking your guests into eating vegetables with these recipes could be a treat for them," 21 Oct. 2019 Jet’s makes its own sauce and dough by hand and freshly grates the mozzarella cheese each day, according to the company. Doreen Christensen,, "41 percent off Jet’s Pizzas on Friday," 20 Aug. 2019 Successful brand updates include returning to original dough and sauce recipes in 2012, says Nick Mayer, Shakey’s current CEO. Sarah Hui, Dallas News, "Why did Shakey’s, once Dallas’ most popular pizza joint, close? Curious Texas investigates," 31 July 2019 The marshmallow pizza is made out of pizza dough and chocolate fudge topped with marshmallows and a drizzle of caramel. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Humble area pizzeria La Famiglia prides itself on family values," 12 July 2019 Pro tip: Make sure that the dough is in a relatively even disc shape (use your hands!) before pulling out the rolling pin. Sasha Levine, Bon Appétit, "This Classic Chocolate Pudding Pie Doesn’t Need a Twist Thank You Very Much," 8 Nov. 2019 Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated (the dough will be soft). The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies," 31 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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27 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Dough.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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