\ ˈdō How to pronounce dough (audio) \

Definition of dough

1 : a mixture that consists essentially of flour or meal and a liquid (such as milk or water) and is stiff enough to knead or roll
2 : something resembling dough especially in consistency
3 : money doesn't have much dough
4 military : doughboy

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doughlike \ ˈdō-​ˌlīk How to pronounce doughlike (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of dough in a Sentence

I don't have much dough. didn't have to spend a lot of dough for a new stereo
Recent Examples on the Web Freezing dough one hour prior to baking cookies makes rolling in sugar easier. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Secret, lower-calorie ingredient adds crunch to chocolate chip cookies," 7 Dec. 2019 The best none-of-the-above thing at The Shack is a funnel cake as big as a vinyl LP, the kind of fried dough that fuels county fairs all over the country ($8.49). Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: The Shack," 6 Dec. 2019 That’s why a stand mixer is vastly preferable for bread dough. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "No stand mixer? Here’s how to make and bake the most with your hand mixer.," 6 Dec. 2019 There’s an old saying around these parts: fade Joe for dough. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Joe vs. the Pro: Hoping for chaos, betting on Clemson," 5 Dec. 2019 The old reliable of vending machines everywhere, Famous Amos cookies have an enviable chocolate-to-dough ratio for their diminutive size. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "The best cookies you can buy in a store, ranked," 4 Dec. 2019 If using frozen dough, allow to soften slightly in the fridge for an hour before using. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "The shortcut to crisp, tender pie crust," 26 Nov. 2019 Activities include constellation geoboards, moon dough and moon phases experiment, nebula in a bottle craft, space trivia and stargazing with the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches. Jennifer Boehm,, "What to do with the kids this weekend: Turkey Trot, hot air balloons and more," 26 Nov. 2019 Pour in majority of the chilled water and mix until dough is formed. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Cook like a Louisville chef this Thanksgiving with these 7 recipes," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of dough

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dough

Middle English doh, dogh, dowe, going back to Old English dāg, going back to Germanic *daiga- (whence Middle Dutch deech "dough," Old High German teig, Old Norse deig, deigr, Gothic daigs), ablaut derivative from the base of *digan-, dīgan- "to knead, shape" (whence Gothic digan, gadigan "to knead, form from clay"), going back to Indo-European *dhei̯ǵh- "knead, shape" — more at feign

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The first known use of dough was before the 12th century

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11 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Dough.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of dough

: a mixture of flour, water, and other ingredients that is baked to make bread, cookies, etc.


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Kids Definition of dough

1 : a thick mixture usually mainly of flour and liquid that is baked bread dough

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