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Princeton's WordNet

  1. doughnoun

    a flour mixture stiff enough to knead or roll

  2. boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, lucre, loot, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampumnoun

    informal terms for money


  1. doughnoun

    A thick, malleable substance made by mixing flour with other ingredients such as water, eggs, and/or butter, that is made into a particular form and then baked.

    Pizza dough is very stretchy.

  2. doughnoun


    His mortgage payments left him short on dough.

  3. doughverb

    To make into dough.

    The flour was doughed with a suitable quantity of water.

  4. Etymology: From dah, from daigaz, from dʰeigʰ-. Cognate with Dutch deeg, German Teig, Swedish deg.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Doughnoun

    Etymology: dah, Saxon; deegh, Dutch.

    When the gods moulded up the paste of man,
    Some of their dough was left upon their hands,
    For want of souls, and so they made Egyptians. Dryden.

    You that from pliant paste would fabricks raise,
    Expecting thence to gain immortal praise,
    Your knuckles try, and let your sinews know
    Their pow’r to kneed, and give the form to dough. King.

    My cake is dough, but I’ll in among the rest;
    Out of hope of all, but my share of the feast. William Shakespeare.


  1. Dough

    Dough is a thick, malleable, sometimes elastic paste made from grains or from leguminous or chestnut crops. Dough is typically made by mixing flour with a small amount of water or other liquid and sometimes includes yeast or other leavening agents, as well as ingredients such as fats or flavorings. Making and shaping dough begins the preparation of a wide variety of foodstuffs, particularly breads and bread-based items, but also including biscuits, cakes, cookies, dumplings, flatbreads, noodles, pasta, pastry, pizza, piecrusts, and similar items. Dough can be made from a wide variety of flour, commonly wheat and rye but also maize, rice, legumes, almonds, and other cereals or crops.


  1. dough

    Dough is a thick, malleable mixture of flour and liquid, usually water or milk, that is often combined with other ingredients such as yeast, baking powder, eggs, salt, sugar, and fats. It is used as a base in making various types of food such as bread, pastries, or cookies. The consistency and composition of dough can vary widely depending on the recipe and the desired end product.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Doughnoun

    paste of bread; a soft mass of moistened flour or meal, kneaded or unkneaded, but not yet baked; as, to knead dough

  2. Doughnoun

    anything of the consistency of such paste

  3. Etymology: [OE. dagh, dogh, dow, AS. dh; akin to D. deeg, G. teig, Icel. deig, Sw. deg, Dan. deig, Goth. daigs; also, to Goth. deigan to knead, L. fingere to form, shape, Skr. dih to smear; cf. Gr. wall, to touch, handle. . Cf. Feign, Figure, Dairy, Duff.]


  1. Dough

    Dough is a thick, malleable paste made out of any cereals or leguminous crops by mixing flour with a small amount of water and/or other liquid. This process is a precursor to making a wide variety of foodstuffs, particularly breads and bread-based items, flatbreads, noodles, pastry, pizza, bread rolls, biscuits, cookies and similar items. This includes all kinds of breads or similar recipes made from maize, rice, sorghum, wheat, and other cereals or related crops used around the world. In many parts of central India, people use the quick method of making an instant roasted dough ball or baati. In countries in the Sahel region of Africa, ground and boiled dough balls are called aiysh or biya, but are not roasted. Flatbreads such as pita, lafa, lavash, matzah or matzo, naan, roti, sangak, tortilla, or yufka are made from dough and eaten in many parts of the world. Some flatbreads, such as naan and roti, use leavening agents; others such, as matzo, are not leavened. Leavened or fermented dough, made from dry ground grain cereals or legumes mixed with water and yeast, are used all over the world. Salt, oils or fats, sugars or honey and sometimes milk or eggs are also common ingredients in dough.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dough

    dō, n. a mass of flour or meal moistened and kneaded, but not baked.—adjs. Dough′-baked, half-baked, defective in intelligence; Dough′faced (U.S.) pliable, truckling.—n. Dough′iness.—adj. Dough′-knead′ed (Milt.), soft.—n. Dough′-nut, sweetened dough fried in fat.—adj. Dough′y, like dough: soft. [A.S. dáh; Ger. teig, Ice. deig, dough; prov. dow and duff.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. doughnoun

    Money. Synonyms for dough: papes, paper, bills, c-note ($100), dead presidents, Benjamins (American $100 bill), stacks, chips, cheese, cheddar. Don't you know when the dough get low, the juice go -- Mobb Deep (Survival of the fittest).

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DOUGH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dough is ranked #107134 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dough surname appeared 166 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Dough.

    78.3% or 130 total occurrences were White.
    9% or 15 total occurrences were Black.
    8.4% or 14 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dough in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dough in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of dough in a Sentence

  1. Anthony Falco:

    Brush the pan with olive oil, stick your dough in there, put your toppings on, crank up your oven as high it will go, leave it in for 15 to 20 minutes, [and you] have a pan-style pizza.

  2. Arber Doci:

    Hard work makes the dough and Business makes the BREAD!

  3. Nicolas Rouzaud:

    The dough needs to maintain its shape, hence the harder dough, be careful of the liquid content. Reduce or increase golden syrup or flour for soft and hard dough.

  4. Arber Doci:

    Hard work is the yeast that raises the dough. But it's the dough that makes the bread

  5. Jessica Clark-Bojin:

    I would say to anyone who wants to try their hand at pie portraits to make sure they have all their tools ready to go and their dough pre rolled out and chilling in the fridge, then you can work quickly and keep your pastry nice and light tasting out the other side.

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