douth

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English douthe, duwethe (body of retainers, people, might, dignity, worth), from Old English duguþ (manhood, host, multitude, troops), from Proto-Germanic *dugunþō, *dugunþiz (power, competency, notefulness, virtue), from *duganą (to be useful), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeugʰe- (to be ready, be sufficient). Cognate with North Frisian døgd, døged (ability, good deed), Dutch deugd (virtue), German Tugend (virtue), Swedish dygd (virtue), Icelandic dygð, dyggð (virtue). Related to dow, doughty.

Noun[edit]

douth (usually uncountable, plural douths)

  1. (rare or obsolete) Virtue; excellence; atheldom; nobility; power; riches.
    • 2012, Yahoo! Canada Answers - What does the Bible say about a Christian going into debt?
      The Book warns against debt, and extols the douth of not going into debt, but does not forbid debt.
  2. (obsolete) A good deed; a benefit.
  3. (obsolete) Manhood.
  4. (collectively) Men; people.
  5. A company; army; retinue.
  6. Reliability; ease; security; shelter.
    There's no [sic] much douth in a wire fence.
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Adjective[edit]

douth (comparative more douth, superlative most douth)

  1. Snug; comfortable; in easy circumstances.

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

douth (plural douths)

  1. Alternative form of dought