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1. A piece of bread dough that is rolled thin and fried in deep fat.
2. An American infantryman in World War I.

[Sense 2, perhaps from the large buttons on American uniforms of the 1860s, said to resemble doughboys (sense 1).]
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1. (Military) informal US an infantryman, esp in World War I
2. (Cookery) dough that is boiled or steamed as a dumpling
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Informal. an American infantryman, esp. in World War I.
[1855–60, Amer.; of obscure orig.]
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- The small round doughnuts served to sailors in the 19th century were called doughboys—and they resembled the round buttons on the sailors' uniforms—so the sailors came to be known as this.
See also related terms for uniform.
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The name dates back to at least 1854, but in the U.S., it generally referred to an enlisted infantryman participating in World War I.
1001 Words and Phrases You Never Knew You Didn’t Know by W.R. Runyan Copyright © 2011 by W.R. Runyan
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Doughboy - an American infantryman in World War Idoughboy - an American infantryman in World War I
foot soldier, footslogger, infantryman, marcher - fights on foot with small arms
2.doughboy - a rounded lump of dough that is deep-fried and served as hot bread; "the doughboy was a predecessor of the doughnut"
friedcake - small cake in the form of a ring or twist or ball or strip fried in deep fat
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[ˈdəʊbɔɪ] N (US) → soldado m de infantería (Hist) soldado de la Primera Guerra Mundial
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