\ 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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Other Words from dough

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

Synonyms for dough


bread [slang], bucks, cabbage [slang], cash, change, chips, coin, currency, gold, green, jack [slang], kale [slang], legal tender, lolly [British], long green [slang], loot, lucre, money, moola (or moolah) [slang], needful, pelf, scratch [slang], shekels (also sheqels), tender, wampum

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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

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Make the dough: Coat a large bowl with oil and set aside. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "The Best Hot Cross Buns Recipe to Make This Easter," 7 Mar. 2019 Learn how to make the dough and sauce, and to find the right balance of different toppings every time. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Best Cooking and Baking Classes in New York City," 18 Oct. 2018 Add additional flour if necessary to make a soft, pliable dough that doesn’t stick to the bowl. Leora Y. Bloom, The Seattle Times, "The generous, prolific Sisterhood of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church puts a lot into its cooking," 21 Aug. 2018 Participants will learn how to make dough, and then use it to make pizzas with fresh mozzarella, pesto and heirloom tomatoes; grilled peach, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar; and crisped chorizo, manchego and piquillo peppers. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Learn how to make pizza on the grill at Sur la Table," 1 July 2018 Animal feed, ground and mixed with water to make a dough, took the place of flour. Nabih Bulos,, "With Syria's Ghouta area back in government hands, a pseudo-state ends," 16 Apr. 2018 Johnston's day typically begins in the kitchen at 5 a.m., and her employees stream in over the next few hours to make dough. Nikki Delamotte,, "Becoming The Pierogi Lady: Meet Akron's Autumn Johnston," 26 Mar. 2018 On the other side, Sasto is in charge of making pasta dough and that’s a winner right there. Luis Miguel Echegaray,, "Talkin' Top Chef Finale: A Winner Is Decided," 8 Mar. 2018 Using a fork, quickly fold buttermilk into flour mixture to make a shaggy dough. Woman's Day, "Ham Biscuits," 6 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of dough

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


\ ˈdō How to pronounce dough (audio) \

Kids Definition of dough

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

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