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

Definition of doughboy

: an American infantryman especially in World War I

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Recent Examples on the Web Many involved great artistry, such as the doughboy statutes, but even the more simple monuments were interesting and beautiful in their own right. Paul Eisenberg,, 14 Nov. 2021 The database also includes monuments that have disappeared, such as a doughboy — referencing the soldier outfit unique to World War I — statue that once graced Palmer Park on 111th Street in Chicago’s West Roseland neighborhood. Paul Eisenberg,, 14 Nov. 2021 Two doughboy statues on either side of the Confederate monument were targets later. Kyle Whitmire, al, 1 June 2020 At Funston more than several thousand doughboys sickened, dragging themselves to the camp hospital or infirmaries. Randy Roberts And Johnny Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Apr. 2020 Thousands of would-be doughboys and GIs were barred from service in the First and Second World Wars for failing to meet this standard. Charles C. Mann, The Atlantic, 17 Mar. 2020 Congress complied, and in short order over a million doughboys were headed to the Western Front. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's magazine, 2 Mar. 2020 America sent two million doughboys to Europe and defeated the Germans. CBS News, 8 Sep. 2013 Rommel was reported concentrating fresh troops around St. Lo, target of American forces driving southwestward from the Cerisy Forest, fully occupied Monday by doughboys who there reached a point 18 miles or more from the landing beaches. Wes Gallagher, Houston Chronicle, 9 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of doughboy

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Doughboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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