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donut

[doh-nuh t, -nuht] /ˈdoʊ nət, -ˌnʌt/
noun
1.

doughnut

[doh-nuh t, -nuht] /ˈdoʊ nət, -ˌnʌt/
noun
1.
a small cake of sweetened or, sometimes, unsweetened dough fried in deep fat, typically shaped like a ring or, when prepared with a filling, a ball.
2.
anything shaped like a thick ring; an annular object; toroid.
Origin of doughnut
1795-1805
1795-1805; dough + nut
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Examples from the web for donuts
  • Suddenly every commercial is food-related, every meeting in the office has a box of donuts brought in by the devil.
  • Other than that perhaps bungee prayer meetings might do it, but before the donuts and coffee, of course.
  • Contractor will also furnish drinks and individually wrapped donuts.
  • We are well known for our light fluffy melt in your mouth donuts and delicious strawberry cakes.
  • Small pieces of the donuts may also break off and mix with the broken graham crackers.
  • Even though these donuts may still be warm from baking, the donut sales are taxed at the reduced rate.
British Dictionary definitions for donuts

donut

/ˈdəʊnʌt/
noun
1.
a variant spelling (esp US) of doughnut

doughnut

/ˈdəʊnʌt/
noun
1.
a small cake of sweetened dough, often ring-shaped or spherical with a jam or cream filling, cooked in hot fat
2.
anything shaped like a ring, such as the reaction vessel of a thermonuclear reactor
verb -nuts, -nutting, -nutted
3.
(transitive) (informal) (of Members of Parliament) to surround (a speaker) during the televising of Parliament to give the impression that the chamber is crowded or the speaker is well supported
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Word Origin and History for donuts

doughnut

n.

1809, American English, from dough + nut (n.), probably on the notion of being a small round lump (the holes came later, first mentioned c.1861). First recorded by Washington Irving, who described them as "balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog's fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks." Earlier name for it was dough-boy (1680s). Bartlett (1848) meanwhile lists doughnuts and crullers among the types of olycokes, a word he derives from Dutch olikoek, literally "oil-cake," to indicate a cake fried in lard.

The ladies of Augusta, Maine, set in operation and carried out a novel idea, namely, the distribution of over fifty bushels of doughnuts to the Third volunteer regiment of that State. A procession of ladies, headed by music, passed between double lines of troops, who presented arms, and were afterwards drawn up in hollow square to receive from tender and gracious hands the welcome doughnation. [Frazar Kirkland, "Anecdotes of the Rebellion," 1866]
Meaning "a driving in tight circles" is U.S. slang, 1981. Cf. also donut.

donut

n.

see doughnut. It turns up as an alternate spelling in U.S. as early as 1870 ("Josh Billings"), common from c.1920 in names of bakeries. Halliwell ("Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words," 1847) has donnut "a pancake made of dough instead of batter," which Bartlett (1848) writes "is no doubt the same word" as the American one.

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Slang definitions & phrases for donuts

doughnut

noun
  1. A truck tire (1930s+ Truckers)
  2. The driving of a car in tight circles, esp by hoodlums who have stolen the car: Perform doughnuts, in which they lock the brakes, step on the gas, and send the car spinning in circles/ spotted about 7:20 doing doughnuts in the parking lot of Taco Bell (1980s+)
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donuts in Technology

(Obsolete) A collective noun for any set of memory bits. This usage is extremely archaic and may no longer be live jargon; it dates from the days of ferrite core memories in which each bit was implemented by a doughnut-shaped magnetic flip-flop.
[Jargon File]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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