doughboy

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

Definition of doughboy

: an American infantryman especially in World War I

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Twenty-one of the doughboys had suffered injuries or fallen sick over the course of the journey. al.com, "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 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, courant.com, "'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

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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