doughboy
noun Date: circa 1847 an American infantryman especially in World War I

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • doughboy — U.S. soldier, 1865, said to have been in oral use from 1854, or from the Mexican American War (1847), it is perhaps from resemblance of big buttons on old uniforms to biscuits of that name (1680s), but there are various other conjectures …   Etymology dictionary

  • doughboy — [dō′boi΄] n. 1. a boiled dumpling ☆ 2. Informal a U.S. infantryman, esp. of WWI …   English World dictionary

  • Doughboy — For other uses, see Doughboy (disambiguation). Wartime era portrait of a typical American doughboy, circa: 1918. Doughboy is an informal term for an American soldier, especially members of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in World War I.… …   Wikipedia

  • Doughboy — Foto eines typisch amerikanischen Doughboys um 1918 Ein amerikanischer Doughboy (rechts) em …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • doughboy — n 1. American an army private. The word was most popular at the time of World War I but is still occasionally used. The original doughboy was a sort of suet dumpling served in the armies and navies of the 19th century in Britain and the USA. 2.… …   Contemporary slang

  • doughboy — /doh boy /, n. 1. Informal. an American infantryman, esp. in World War I. 2. a rounded mass of dough, boiled or steamed as a dumpling or deep fried and served as a hot bread. [1675 85; DOUGH + BOY; sense infantryman, from mid 1860s, is obscurely… …   Universalium

  • doughboy — noun An American infantryman, especially one from World War I …   Wiktionary

  • doughboy — Synonyms and related words: Anzac, Aussie, Boche, Fritz, GI, Heinie, Hun, Jerry, Johnny, Kraut, Tommy, Tommy Atkins, Yank, askari, digger, jock, poilu, redcoat, sepoy, swaddy …   Moby Thesaurus

  • doughboy — dough|boy [ dou,bɔı ] noun count AMERICAN OLD FASHIONED a U.S. soldier who fought in World War I …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • doughboy — n. U.S. foot soldier during World War I (Military Slang); boiled or deep fried lump of dough used as dumpling or served as hot bread …   English contemporary dictionary

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