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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.
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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British Dictionary definitions for doughlike


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 doughlike
O.E. dag "dough," from P.Gmc. *daigaz "something kneaded," from PIE *dheigh- "to mould, to form, to knead" (cf. Skt. dehah "body," lit. "that which is formed," dih- "to besmear," digen "firm, solid," originally "kneaded into a compact mass;" Gk. teikhos "wall;" L. fingere "to form, fashion," figura "a shape, form, figure;" Goth. deigan "to smear"). Meaning "money" is from 1851. Doughface was the contemptuous nickname in U.S. politics for Northern Democrats who worked in the interest of the South before the Civil War; it was taken to mean "man who allows himself to be moulded." The source is an 1820 speech by John Randolph of Roanoke, in the wake of the Missouri Compromise.
"Randolph, mocking the northerners intimidated by the South, referred to a children's game in which the players daubed their faces with dough and then looked in a mirror and scared themselves." [Daniel Walker Howe, "What Hath God Wrought," 2007]
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Slang definitions & phrases for doughlike


  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

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doughlike 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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Encyclopedia Article for doughlike


mixture of flour and liquid with other ingredients, such as leavening agents, shortening, sugar, salt, eggs, and various flavouring materials, used to make baked products. A similar mixture, in more liquefied form, is known as batter

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