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[doh-boi] /ˈdoʊˌbɔɪ/
Informal. an American infantryman, especially in World War I.
a rounded mass of dough, boiled or steamed as a dumpling or deep-fried and served as a hot bread.
Origin of doughboy
1675-85; dough + boy; sense “infantryman,” from mid-1860s, is obscurely derived; two plausible, but unsubstantiated claims: doughboy orig. referred to the globular brass buttons on infantry uniforms, likened to the pastry; dough referred to a clay used to clean the white uniform belts Unabridged
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  • And he says the roads are fairly choked with doughboys moving this way.

  • The Alhambra was filled with Tommies and doughboys on the night I went.

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  • But what with driving hard work, the doughboys learned finally to land a dummy bomb so that it didn't disgrace them.

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  • The doughboys didn't care whether she came back with her repertoire or on it.

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  • Its main bierhalle made a corking dining room for the doughboys.

    With the Doughboy in France Edward Hungerford
  • Poilus and doughboys did not go so far back for their subjects of conversation.

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  • There was less than the length of a bayonet between them but the doughboys did credit to their brief training.

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  • The doughboys did a good deal of eating at their own expense.

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  • That came from an old lady who had some doughboys billeted in a barn next to the shed where she kept her sheep.

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British Dictionary definitions for doughboys


(US, informal) an infantryman, esp in World War I
dough that is boiled or steamed as a dumpling
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Word Origin and History for doughboys



"U.S. soldier," 1864, American English, said to have been in oral use from 1854, or from the Mexican-American War (1847), it is perhaps from resemblance of big buttons on old uniforms to a sort of biscuit of that name (1680s), but there are various other conjectures.

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doughboys in Culture

doughboys definition

United States infantry soldiers who served in World War I.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for doughboys



An infantry soldier; grunt, paddlefoot

[1867+; origin unknown; perhaps fr a resemblance between the buttons of the infantry uniform and doughboys, ''suet dumplings boiled in seawater,'' a term fr the British merchant marine]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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