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[doh] /doʊ/
flour or meal combined with water, milk, etc., in a mass for baking into bread, cake, etc.; paste of bread.
any similar soft, pasty mass.
Slang. money.
Origin of dough
before 1000; Middle English do(u)gh, do(u)h, dou(e), Old English dāg, dāh; cognate with Dutch deeg, Old Norse deig, Gothic daigs, German Teig
Related forms
doughlike, adjective
Can be confused
doe, dough. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dough
  • When the dough is cool enough to handle, form it into a large ball.
  • Press the dough onto a greased pan and add sauce, cheese, and toppings.
  • The resulting flour could then be whisked into a dough and cooked.
  • Here's our busy cook's take on a favorite appetizer, baked instead of fried, and with purchased dough instead of homemade.
  • Fold in tapioca starch until it forms a workable ball of dough.
  • Put one tablespoon olive oil in a bowl and turn dough ball in it.
  • What is especially unsettling for investors is how the workers got their extra dough.
  • On a table, roll the dough with a rolling pin until obtaining desired thickness.
  • The ancient leaven bread was made by the dough being left in a warm place till it began to ferment.
  • Place on baking sheet with plenty of space between each dough ball.
British Dictionary definitions for dough


a thick mixture of flour or meal and water or milk, used for making bread, pastry, etc
any similar pasty mass
a slang word for money
Word Origin
Old English dāg; related to Old Norse deig, Gothic daigs, Old High German teig dough, Sanskrit degdhi he daubs; see dairy, duff1, lady
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Word Origin and History for dough

Old English dag "dough," from Proto-Germanic *daigaz "something kneaded" (cf. Old Norse deig, Swedish deg, Middle Dutch deech, Dutch deeg, Old High German teic, German Teig, Gothic daigs "dough"), from PIE *dheigh- "to build, to form, to knead" (cf. Sanskrit dehah "body," literally "that which is formed," dih- "to besmear;" Greek teikhos "wall;" Latin fingere "to form, fashion," figura "a shape, form, figure;" Gothic deigan "to smear;" Old Irish digen "firm, solid," originally "kneaded into a compact mass"). Meaning "money" is from 1851.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dough


  1. Money; bread: And to get the dough we'll put our watch and chain in hock (1851+)
  2. doughboy
Related Terms

case dough, heavy money

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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dough in the Bible

(batsek, meaning "swelling," i.e., in fermentation). The dough the Israelites had prepared for baking was carried away by them out of Egypt in their kneading-troughs (Ex. 12:34, 39). In the process of baking, the dough had to be turned (Hos. 7:8).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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