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Doughty definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DOUGHTY, a. Douty. [G., L. See Decent.] Brave; valiant; eminent; noble; illustrious; as a doughty hero. It is now seldom used except in irony or burlesque.

Merriam Webster's

adjective (doughtier; -est) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English dohtig; akin to Old High German toug is useful, Greek teuchein to make Date: before 12th century marked by fearless resolution ; valiant <a doughty warrior> doughtily adverb doughtiness noun

Merriam Webster's

biographical name Charles Montagu 1843-1926 English poet & traveler

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (doughtier, doughtiest) archaic or joc. valiant, stout-hearted. Derivatives: doughtily adv. doughtiness n. Etymology: OE dohtig var. of dyhtig f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Doughty Dough"ty, a. [Compar. Doughtier; superl. Doughtiest.] [OE. duhti, dohti, douhti, brave, valiant, fit, useful, AS, dyhtig; akin to G. t["u]chtig, Dan. dygtig, Sw. dygdig virtuous, and fr. AS. dugan to avail, be of use, be strong, akin to D. deugen, OHG. tugan, G. taugen, Icel. & Sw. duga, Dan. due, Goth. dugan, but of uncertain origin; cf. Skr. duh to milk, give milk, draw out, or Gr. ? fortune. ?.] Able; strong; valiant; redoubtable; as, a doughty hero. Sir Thopas wex [grew] a doughty swain. --Chaucer. Doughty families, hugging old musty quarrels to their hearts, buffet each other from generation to generation. --Motley. Note: Now seldom used, except in irony or burlesque.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If you describe someone as a doughty fighter, you mean they are brave, determined, and not easily defeated. (OLD-FASHIONED) ADJ: ADJ n [approval]

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. [Now usually ironical.] Brave, courageous, bold, fearless, dauntless, valiant, valorous, gallant, intrepid, adventurous, chivalrous, heroic.


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