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From dough +‎ nut, 1809[1] because originally small, nut-sized balls of fried dough, or, more likely, from nut in the earlier sense of "small rounded cake or cookie",[2] with the toroidal shape becoming common in the twentieth century. First attested in Knickerbocker’s History of New York, by Washington Irving, 1809.



Filled doughnuts.

doughnut (plural doughnuts)

  1. A deep-fried piece of dough or batter, commonly of a toroidal (a ring doughnut) shape, often mixed with various sweeteners and flavourings; or flattened sphere (a filled doughnut) shape filled with jam, custard or cream.
  2. Anything in the shape of a torus.
  3. (Canada, US) A peel-out or skid mark in the shape of a circle; a 360-degree skid.
  4. A spare car tyre, usually stored in the boot, that is smaller than a full-sized tyre and is only intended for temporary use.
  5. (slang) A vulva.
    • 2012 Elias Sassoon Hashish Dreaming page 58
      But what it is basically the in and the out, the hot dog splicing through the doughnut.
    • 2014 Michael Robbins The Second Sex page 32
      The womb's a fine and private place, or am I thinking of a doughnut?
  6. (Britain) (colloquial) A foolish or stupid person.


  • (anything in the shape of a torus): ring, torus

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  1. ^ doughnut”,, Dave Wilton, Sunday, June 11, 2006.
  2. ^ doughnut in the American Heritage