dough·​ty | \ ˈdau̇-tē How to pronounce doughty (audio) \
doughtier; doughtiest

Definition of doughty

: marked by fearless resolution : valiant a doughty warrior

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Other Words from doughty

doughtily \ ˈdau̇-​tə-​lē How to pronounce doughty (audio) \ adverb
doughtiness \ ˈdau̇-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce doughty (audio) \ noun

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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.

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the doughty heroes of old
Recent Examples on the Web There was many a tense moment for George as Elizabeth moped about in tearful martyrdom while her mother and grandmother, the doughty old Queen Mary, fought her battle for her. Lily Rothman, Time, 9 Apr. 2021 Portraits of a few of these feckless rotters line the wall on the way to dinner, along with the portrait of another of the doughty women who seem to keep popping up in Yorkshire. Joshua Levine, Travel + Leisure, 7 Mar. 2021 These days the doughty turkey has won the loyalty of millions of people for another reason—as a favourite festive-season meal. The Economist, 23 Dec. 2020 There has been scant polling in Michigan accounting for the possibility of an Amash candidacy, but what little there is likely sends a shiver through the heart of Biden’s most doughty institutional supporters. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 29 Apr. 2020 One doughty grey-haired woman in a woollen jumper leads her tribe down the broken walkway, her walking stick pointing the way. Tom Rowley, 1843, 6 Mar. 2020 Some of that freshness comes from the cast, a cornucopia of effervescent young talent ballasted by a handful of doughty old-timers. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2019 On yet another set sits a doughty Victorian tugboat, the deck raked at an alarming angle, as if bracing against an unexpected swell. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 19 Dec. 2019 That a teenager could not only appear for such an assessment but do so before the doughty examiner Mistowsky was an astonishing achievement. Priya Chaturvedi, Quartz India, 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of doughty

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for doughty

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

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“Doughty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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old-fashioned : brave, strong, and determined

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