doughty

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adjective dough·ty \ˈdau̇-tē\

Definition of doughty

doughtier

doughtiest

  1. :  marked by fearless resolution :  valiant <a doughty warrior>

doughtily

play \ˈdau̇-təl-ē\ adverb

doughtiness

play \ˈdau̇-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of doughty in a sentence

  1. <the doughty heroes of old>

Did You Know?

Doughty is a persevering Old English word. Its earliest form was "dyhtig," but early on the vowel changed and the word became "dohtig." That was probably due to influence from a related Old English word, dohte, meaning "had worth." By the 13th century, the spelling "doughty" had begun to appear. The expected pronunciation would be \DAW-tee\, paralleling other similarly spelled old words like "bought" and "sought." But over the centuries, the spelling was sometimes confused with that of the now obsolete word doubty, meaning "full of doubt," and thus, so it is conjectured, we have the pronunciation we use today.

Origin and Etymology of doughty

Middle English, from Old English dohtig; akin to Old High German toug is useful, Greek teuchein to make


First Known Use: before 12th century


DOUGHTY Defined for English Language Learners

doughty

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adjective dough·ty \ˈdau̇-tē\

Definition of doughty for English Language Learners

  • : brave, strong, and determined



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