Why was "tantrum" trending last week?


[doh-nuh t, -nuht] /ˈdoʊ nət, -ˌnʌt/
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.
anything shaped like a thick ring; an annular object; toroid.
Also, donut.
1795-1805; dough + nut Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for doughnut
  • Axel begins feeding ingredients into the sausage-mixing machine's doughnut-shaped trough.
  • Instead, the new doughnut-shaped silicon detectors rely on measuring light frequency.
  • There is no need for dark energy, gravity folds space into what could be imagined as a doughnut with a singularity at the center.
  • Maybe it's the floor where elevators don't stop, or the doughnut that bakers don't count.
  • Then he spread crumbs from a doughnut to gather a flock of pigeons.
  • Seniors who reach the doughnut hole often cut back on medications or stop taking them altogether, endangering their health.
  • If you've got fruit, nuts or sugar-free gum within easy reach, that doughnut will seem far less alluring.
  • After a minute bobbing, he pulls them out, comparing them to doughnut holes.
British Dictionary definitions for doughnut


a small cake of sweetened dough, often ring-shaped or spherical with a jam or cream filling, cooked in hot fat
anything shaped like a ring, such as the reaction vessel of a thermonuclear reactor
verb -nuts, -nutting, -nutted
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for doughnut

1809, American English, from dough + nut (n.), probably on the notion of being a small round lump (the holes came later, first mentioned c.1861). First recorded by Washington Irving, who described them as "balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog's fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks." Earlier name for it was dough-boy (1680s). Bartlett (1848) meanwhile lists doughnuts and crullers among the types of olycokes, a word he derives from Dutch olikoek, literally "oil-cake," to indicate a cake fried in lard.

The ladies of Augusta, Maine, set in operation and carried out a novel idea, namely, the distribution of over fifty bushels of doughnuts to the Third volunteer regiment of that State. A procession of ladies, headed by music, passed between double lines of troops, who presented arms, and were afterwards drawn up in hollow square to receive from tender and gracious hands the welcome doughnation. [Frazar Kirkland, "Anecdotes of the Rebellion," 1866]
Meaning "a driving in tight circles" is U.S. slang, 1981. Cf. also donut.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for doughnut


  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+)
Related Terms

take a flying fuck

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

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for doughnut

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for doughnut

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with doughnut