dough·​nut ˈdō-(ˌ)nət How to pronounce doughnut (audio)
variants or less commonly
: a small usually ring-shaped piece of sweet fried dough
: something (such as a mathematical torus) that has a round shape like a doughnut
: a controlled skid that sends an automobile into a tight circle of at least 360 degrees
usually used in the phrase do doughnuts
Doing doughnuts? You haven't heard about this? This is what they steal the cars for. Top speed, they slam on the brakes, yank the emergency brake, twist the steering wheel, and the car starts spinning. Wheeling the car in circles at tremendous speeds.Philip Roth
doughnutlike adjective

Examples of doughnut in a Sentence

drawing doughnuts in the sand
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Word History


dough + nut entry 1 (in sense "rounded cake or biscuit," as in ginger nut, spice nut)

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of doughnut was in 1782

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Cite this Entry

“Doughnut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also donut
: a small ring of sweet dough fried in fat
: something resembling a doughnut especially in shape

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