dough·​boy | \ ˈdō-ˌbȯi How to pronounce doughboy (audio) \

Definition of doughboy

: an American infantryman especially in World War I

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Other European nations followed, but the United States, having lost 116,516 doughboys in 19 months of fighting—and with more than 2,000 unidentified Americans still buried in France—had no plans for the same. Matthew J. Davenport, WSJ, "‘The Unknowns’ Review: Fallen Sons, Unforgotten," 24 May 2018 Her earthy variety-show humor, filled with soldiers’ stories, patriotic songs, dancing and acrobatics, endeared her to the doughboys. Erick Trickey, Smithsonian, "The Sweetheart of the American Expeditionary Force," 6 June 2018 If Americans had forgotten this doughboy, what chance does a soldier today—especially one who dies on an obscure battlefield like Niger—have to be remembered? M.l. Cavanaugh, WSJ, "A Fallen and Forgotten Doughboy’s Legacy," 24 May 2018 Still, the story is about the dog, not the doughboys. Susan Dunne,, "'Sgt. Stubby' A Charming Retelling Of New Haven Pup's Heroism," 12 Apr. 2018 At the bottom of the vignette is an inset illustration of doughboys — and one woman, a man in a suit and a dog — walking in formation. kansascity, "Huge crowds at 18th and Grand for KC’s centennial | The Kansas City Star," 6 Mar. 2018 The war has reached a low point after the debacle at the Chemin des Dames, and the American doughboys are still nowhere in sight. Alice Kaplan, New Republic, "Louis Guilloux’s Great, Forgotten War Novel," 19 Oct. 2017 Score: 27/30 Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko: The Pillsbury doughboy would be so proud! Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "'Dancing With the Stars' Season 25 Week Three Recap: You Need to See Nick Lachey's Jazzercise Routine," 2 Oct. 2017 Social media is the world’s most effective rhetoric-undermining machine, and people who debate politics on social media build more defensive trenches and turrets than a doughboy in 1917. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Why is whataboutism having a moment?," 29 Aug. 2017

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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