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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.
Also, donut.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; dough + nut
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British Dictionary definitions for dough-nut

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 dough-nut
doughnut
1809, Amer.Eng., from dough + nut. First recorded by Washington Irving, who described them as "balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog's fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks."
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Slang definitions & phrases for dough-nut

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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