doughty

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

The adjective is derived from Middle English doughti, douȝty (brave, bold, valiant; fierce, strong; bold warrior; excellent, honourable, noble, worthy; handsome, splendid; excellent or worthy person) [and other forms], from Old English dohtiġ, dyhtiġ (competent, doughty, good, strong, valiant),[1] from Proto-West Germanic *duhtīg, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewgʰ- (to produce (something useful); to be strong, have force). The English word may be analysed as dought +‎ -y, and is cognate with Danish dygtig (virtuous, proficient), Dutch duchtig (severe, strict), German tüchtig (capable, competent, efficient; big; hard), Icelandic dygðugur (virtuous, stable), Scots douchty, douchtie (bold, valiant), Swedish duktig (efficient; good; capable, clever, smart).[2][3]

The noun is derived from the adjective.[2]

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

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

  1. (dated or archaic) Bold; brave, courageous.
    Synonyms: dauntless, fearless, intrepid, resolute, stouthearted, valiant; see also Thesaurus:brave
    Antonyms: see Thesaurus:cowardly

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NounEdit

doughty (plural doughties)

  1. (archaic, rare) A person who is bold or brave.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ doughtī, adj. and n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Compare “doughty, adj. and n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, September 2018.
  3. ^ doughty, adj.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

Middle EnglishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

doughty

  1. Alternative form of douȝty