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Examples of doughty in a Sentence
the doughty heroes of old
Recent Examples of doughty from the Web
Such things can easily be remedied in the future -- with, say, scattered hay to soak up the mud and better coordination on the crowd control -- and doughty festivalgoers seemed to take the entire episode in stride.
Among the travelers are Daniels (Katherine Waterston), a stern, doughty young explorer in the Ellen Ripley mold, Oram (Billy Crudup), a brisk captain whose devout Christian faith is about to face off against some very weird science, and—
The Cesnik story, in contrast, is a noirish whodunit, and Ms. Hoskins and Ms. Schaub, despite the grimness of the material, are doughty, humorous presences.
No doubt some doughty psycho-biographer has decreed that the great detective was bipolar, or autistic, or had Asperger’s syndrome.
Same sort of doughty heroine taking the final fight to the monster.
She is played by the director’s sister Oulaya Amamra, a first-time actor with the doughty innocence of Jennifer Lawrence and the intensity of a young Robert De Niro.
After data from doughty 261-kilogram Mariner IV finished trickling back to Earth –
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of doughty for English Language Learners
: brave, strong, and determined
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