From Middle English doughty, from Old English dohtiġ, dyhtiġ ‎(good, competent, valiant, doughty, strong), from Proto-Germanic *duhtiz ‎(note, usefulness) + Proto-Germanic *-igaz ‎(suffix), equivalent to dought +‎ -y. Cognate with Scots douchty, douchtie ‎(bold, valiant), Dutch duchtig ‎(severe, strict), German tüchtig ‎(efficient, capable, hard, competent, big), Danish dygtig ‎(virtuous, proficient), Swedish duktig ‎(good, efficient, clever, capable, smart), Icelandic dygðugur ‎(virtuous, stable), Russian дюжий ‎(djužij, sturdy).



doughty ‎(comparative doughtier or more doughty, superlative doughtiest or most doughty)

  1. Brave; bold; courageous; valiant; intrepid; stouthearted; fearless.
    • 2014 November 14, Blake Bailey, “'Tennessee Williams,' by John Lahr [print version: Theatrical victory of art over life, International New York Times, 18 November 2014, p. 13]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      [S]he [Edwina, mother of Tennessee Williams] was indeed Amanda [Wingfield, character in Williams' play The Glass Menagerie] in the flesh: a doughty chatterbox from Ohio who adopted the manner of a Southern belle and eschewed both drink and sex to the greatest extent possible.
  2. Hardy; strenuous; dauntless; resolute.

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