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Examples of doughty in a sentence
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
Definition of doughty for English Language Learners
: brave, strong, and determined
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