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Alternative forms[edit]


Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English duȝethe, duhethe ‎(body of retainers, people, might, dignity, worth), from Old English duguþ ‎(manhood, host, multitude, troops), from Proto-Germanic *dugunþō, *dugunþiz ‎(power, competency, notefulness), from *duganą ‎(to be useful), from Proto-Indo-European *dheughe- ‎(to be ready, be sufficient). Cognate with Old Frisian duged ‎(power), Old High German tugad, tugund ‎(virtue), German Tugend, Swedish dygd. Related to dow, doughty.


dought ‎(usually uncountable, plural doughts)

  1. manhood, virtue
  2. the age of manhood, maturity
  3. virility, manly power or strength; excellence
  4. (collectively) men, people
  5. a company, army, retinue

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English doghte, from Old English dohte ‎(first and third person singular past tense of dugan ‎(to avail, be useful)).



  1. (dialect) alternative past tense form of dow