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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 *dugunþiz ‎(power, competency, notefulness, virtue), from *duganą ‎(to be useful), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewgʰ- ‎(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.


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.
Derived terms[edit]


douth ‎(comparative more douth, superlative most douth)

  1. Snug; comfortable; in easy circumstances.

Etymology 2[edit]


douth ‎(plural douths)

  1. Alternative form of dought