: 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
: something resembling dough especially in consistency
: money
doesn't have much dough
military : doughboy
doughlike adjective

Example Sentences

I don't have much dough. didn't have to spend a lot of dough for a new stereo
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Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dough was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dough.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a soft mass of moistened flour or meal thick enough to knead or roll
: something resembling dough especially in consistency

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