doughnut

noun dough·nut \ ˈdō-(ˌ)nət \
variants: or less commonly
Updated on: 19 May 2018

Definition of doughnut

1 : a small usually ring-shaped piece of sweet fried dough
2 : something (such as a mathematical torus) that has a round shape like a doughnut
3 : 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

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of doughnut in a Sentence

  1. drawing doughnuts in the sand

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Origin and Etymology of doughnut

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


DOUGHNUT Defined for English Language Learners

doughnut

Definition of doughnut for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of sweet fried dough that is often shaped like a ring

  • : something that has a round shape like a doughnut


DOUGHNUT Defined for Kids

doughnut

noun dough·nut \ ˈdō-ˌnət \

Definition of doughnut for Students

: a small ring of sweet dough fried in fat


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