: 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

Examples of dough in a Sentence

I don't have much dough. didn't have to spend a lot of dough for a new stereo
Recent Examples on the Web Just as opening the Japanese-Italian joint Tonari required him to get over his apprehension toward pizza dough, launching Tonari Cafe — a weekend-morning venture operating out of the same Chinatown space — tasked him with conquering coffee. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 9 July 2024 Here’s a sample of the menu items offered: Green Beat Organic Super Greens Pie Bowl: Organic baby spinach, kale, and Swiss chard with almond feta baked between phyllo dough crusts. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 2 July 2024 Ever since the Shams sisters opened their first Afghan eatery in Boise five years ago, it’s been a steady rise — like perfect pastry dough. Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman, 20 June 2024 The pasta dough was dry and brittle, and the almonds took away from the lusciousness of the dish. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 19 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for dough 

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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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Dough.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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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