This Weeks Word is ‘Doughty’ What’s your alternative meaning?

I chose the word Doughty for this weeks word, it’s on that pops up every now and again in the older novel, particularly the classics and isn’t a word that is in common use any longer. I think we should bring it back though as it has a  beautiful lyrical feel to it and is so useful.

Anyway, my alternative meaning for the word Doughty is ‘a tea flavoured dough used in baking‘, what would yours be?

This week’s word is DOUGHTY, it is an ADJECTIVE and is pronounced ‘doh-tee’

The word Doughty means to be steadfastly courageous and resolute; you could also say valiant. In fact it would be the perfect word to add to fairy tales and other moralistic fiction when describing the hero or heroine of the piece.
Examples of the word Doughty
  • The doughty girl was fearless when it came to seeing off the boys who bullied her younger brother.
  • It was observed that the indigenous population was comprised particularly doughty warriors when it came to repelling the imperial advance.

Origins of the word Doughty

The first known use of the word Doughty was before the year 1000 and it derives from the  Old English dohtig  meaning worthy. It appears to have originated in the Old High German word toht.

Words Similar or Related to Doughty

Bold, fearless, heroic, brave or courageous.

Why the Weekly Word?

The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International which is a speaking club I belong to. Each meeting we have a Grammarian Role and the purpose of the role is to try new words that stretch our vocabulary as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at:

Now, If you would like to see previous Weekly Words you can find them all listed here: the-weekly-word

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  1. I’m afraid I always have to look away when I see that as I worry I might laugh and that wouldn’t be kind. Also, he might laugh at me in return … 😉

  2. I can just imagine that too – perhaps we should start a campaign to get the Jamaican’s to send us the doughty photograpsh … on second thoughts maybe not 😉

  3. yes, I imagine in Jamaica they say in those rich tones with a long u that rhymes with duty, Ahhh, I’m gonna get me one of them doughty women, and then it follows with a deep rolling laugh.

  4. doughty: the white pale skin and five extra pounds people from the northern hemisphere exhibit when vacationing in the tropics in winter.

  5. Doughty is a work whose origins can be traced back to the Douglas clan in ancient Scotland. They were a tight knit group whose reputation for ferocity in battle led to the term Doughty, used in the same context and similar meaning to ‘mighty’. Parents wishing to signify their heritage and impart the characteristic of doughtiness to their children often use Douglas as a given name.

    That’s my story and like all Doughty Dougs down through the ages, I’m sticking to it.



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