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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English doute (doubt). More at doubt.



  1. Obsolete spelling of doubt

Etymology 2[edit]

Blend of do +‎ out, from Middle English don ut (do out). Compare don, doff, dup.


dout (third-person singular simple present douts, present participle douting, simple past and past participle douted)

  1. (transitive, dialectal or obsolete) To put out; quench; extinguish; douse.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene ii], page 86, column 1:
      Mount them, and make inciſion in their Hides, / That their hot blood may ſpin in Engliſh eyes, / And doubt them with ſuperfluous courage : ha.
    • 1893, J. Keighley Snowden, “The Angel Barmaid”, in Tales of the Yorkshire Worlds, London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, page 136:
      The fire she lit in every breast was fanned rather than douted by the rumour presently puffed abroad that she was the recipient of letters addressed in a man’s handwriting.
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  • douter, a cone-shaped device with a handle for extinguishing a candle and stopping the smoke.



From Old High German tōt, from Proto-Germanic *daudaz. Cognate with German tot, Dutch dood, English dead, Icelandic dauður.



dout (masculine douden, neuter dout, comparative méi dout, superlative am doutsten)

  1. dead


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