doughboy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

dough +‎ boy; its use to refer to an infantryman is unknown, but dates from 1847, during the Mexican-American War.[1]

Noun[edit]

doughboy ‎(plural doughboys)

  1. (US) An American infantryman, especially one from World War I.
  2. A kind of flour dumpling.

References[edit]

  1. ^ doughboy”, Wordorigins.org, Dave Wilton, Monday, January 05, 2009.