Doughtier
Doughty Dough"ty (dou"t[y^]), a. [Compar. {Doughtier} (dou"t[i^]*[~e]r); 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. ty`chh fortune. [root]68.] Able; strong; valiant; redoubtable; as, a doughty hero. [1913 Webster]

Sir Thopas wex [grew] a doughty swain. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Doughty families, hugging old musty quarrels to their hearts, buffet each other from generation to generation. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

Note: Now seldom used, except in irony or burlesque. [1913 Webster]


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