\ ˈdō How to pronounce dough (audio) \

Definition of dough

1 : 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
2 : something resembling dough especially in consistency
3 : money doesn't have much dough
4 military : doughboy

Other Words from dough

doughlike \ ˈdō-​ˌlīk How to pronounce dough (audio) \ adjective

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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 Filo dough wrapped in the shape of a triangle, filled with a savory blend of cheeses. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 21 June 2022 Whether dough ball or par-cooked tortilla, each begins to degrade immediately after preparation. Washington Post, 15 June 2022 Many borrowers, who must meet lenders' strict debt-to-income ratios, have lost their mortgage eligibility or simply refuse to shell out that much dough. Fortune, 11 June 2022 Crystol pretended to make a pizza on her daughter’s back — kneading dough, spreading sauce and sprinkling cheese. New York Times, 1 June 2022 This includes industrial trash compactors and dough mixers. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 Look for fresh pizza dough, readily available at any grocery store. USA Today, 29 May 2022 Our friend Lisa recently showed us how important a Silicone Pastry Mat ($8.49) is when making pie dough. cleveland, 26 May 2022 After this, dough balls are made and weighed so that each one is the same size. Shefali Rafiq, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dough

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

History and Etymology for dough

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

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“Dough.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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1 : a thick mixture usually mainly of flour and liquid that is baked bread dough

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