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

Definition of doughboy

: an American infantryman especially in World War I

Examples of doughboy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two doughboy statues on either side of the Confederate monument were targets later. Kyle Whitmire, al, "When a Confederate monument wouldn’t fall, rioters turned on Birmingham," 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, "When Babe Ruth and the Great Influenza Gripped Boston," 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, "Is There Still a Good Case for Water Fluoridation?," 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, "The Old Normal," 2 Mar. 2020 America sent two million doughboys to Europe and defeated the Germans. CBS News, "The passions of Woodrow Wilson," 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, "U.S. TROOPS CAPTURE MONTEBOURG," 9 June 2019 Twenty-one of the doughboys had suffered injuries or fallen sick over the course of the journey., "America’s military accomplished an amazing feat 100 years ago -- driving across country," 7 July 2019 Supreme headquarters disclosed that American doughboys, possibly those in the western area of the bridgehead, were fighting for a lateral road, but its location was not given. Wes Gallagher, Houston Chronicle, "YANKS TAKE TOWN NEAR CHERBOURG," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of doughboy

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Doughboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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