doughboys

doughboy

[doh-boi]
noun
1.
Informal. an American infantryman, especially in World War I.
2.
a rounded mass of dough, boiled or steamed as a dumpling or deep-fried and served as a hot bread.

Origin:
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

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doughboy (ˈdəʊˌbɔɪ)
 
n
1.  informal (US) an infantryman, esp in World War I
2.  dough that is boiled or steamed as a dumpling

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doughboy
"U.S. soldier," 1865, 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 biscuits of that name, but there are various other conjectures.
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doughboys definition


United States infantry soldiers who served in World War I.

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