From Middle English dow, dogh, dagh, from Old English dāg, from Proto-Germanic *daigaz (“dough”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeyǵʰ- (“to knead, form, mold”). Cognate with Scots daich, dauch, doach (“dough”), West Frisian daai (“dough”), Dutch deeg (“dough”), Low German Deeg (“dough”), German Teig (“dough”), Norwegian Bokmål deig (“dough”), Danish dej (“dough”), Swedish deg (“dough”), Icelandic deig (“dough”).
The derivation of the second meaning (of money) is obscure, but dates to the mid 19th century.
- (UK) IPA(key): /dəʊ/
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- (US) IPA(key): /doʊ/
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- (Northern England) IPA(key): /dʌf/
- Rhymes: -əʊ
- Homophones: doh, d'oh, doe, do (in music)
- 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.
- (slang, dated) Money.
- His mortgage payments left him short on dough.
- 1975, Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift [Avon ed., 1976, p. 377]:
- I am astonished, really astonished, that you didn't put away some dough. You must be bananas.
- 2021 January 13, Gillian Friedman, “Jobless, Selling Nudes Online and Still Struggling”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- “It is already an incredibly saturated market,” Ms. Jones said of explicit content online. “The idea that people are just going to open up an OnlyFans account and start raking in the dough is really misguided.”