dough·​face ˈdō-ˌfās How to pronounce doughface (audio)
plural doughfaces
disparaging, in U.S. history
: a Northern congressman not opposed to slavery in the South before or during the American Civil War
also : a Northerner sympathetic to the South during the same period
dough-faced adjective

Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of doughface was in 1820

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Cite this Entry

“Doughface.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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