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[doh] /doʊ/
noun, plural does (especially collectively) doe.
the female of the deer, antelope, goat, rabbit, and certain other animals.
Origin of doe
before 1000; Middle English do, Old English dā; cognate with Danish daa; akin to Old English dēon to suck
Can be confused
doe, dough.


Also, d.o.e. depends on experience; depending on experience: used in stating a salary range in help-wanted ads. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for doe
  • Yes, there is something wrong with accreditation and that it doe not have much teeth.
  • The doe could have run down her quarry in seconds, but she was not trying to catch the coyote, only shoo it away.
  • Suddenly a white-tail doe sprang up almost from under the horse's feet, and scudded off with her white flag flaunting.
  • Two years ago, she shot a big doe between the eyes at forty yards with open sights.
  • It seems pretty doe-eyed naive to rail against agents pursuing clients.
  • Yet the chief suspect in the minds of many ornithologists is that picture of doe-eyed innocence-the deer.
British Dictionary definitions for doe


noun (pl) does, doe
the female of the deer, hare, rabbit, and certain other animals
Word Origin
Old English dā; related to Old English dēon to suck, Sanskrit dhēnā cow


(law) (formerly) the plaintiff in a fictitious action, Doe versus Roe, to test a point of law See also Roe
(US) John Doe, Jane Doe, an unknown or unidentified male or female person


(in Canada and, formerly, in Britain) Department of the Environment
(in the US) Department of Energy
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Word Origin and History for doe

Old English da "a female deer," of unknown origin, perhaps a Celtic loan-word (cf. Cornish da "fallow deer," Old Irish dam "ox," Welsh dafad "sheep").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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doe in Technology

Distributed Object Environment: a distributed object-oriented application framework from SunSoft.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for doe


  1. Department of Education
  2. Department of Energy
  3. dyspnea on exertion
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