Definition of doughboy in English:

doughboy

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Pronunciation: /ˈdəʊbɔɪ
 
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noun

1A boiled or deep-fried dumpling.
More example sentences
  • He had a doughboy (fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon) and recommended the place (he's seven).
2US informal A United States infantryman, especially one in the First World War.
[said to have been a term applied in the Civil War to the large globular brass buttons on the infantry uniform; also said to derive from the use of pipe clay ‘dough’ to clean the white belts worn by infantrymen]
More example sentences
  • Like the ubiquitous Union infantry, Southern rebels, and World War I doughboys found in dozens of cities and towns throughout the United States, Toy Soldier is a production-line memorial ready to take his place in a long line of statues.
  • Writers unmercifully poked fun at the mass-produced Civil War statues on their nearly identical plinths, or World War I doughboys standing awkwardly in town squares.
  • I still believe today's infantrymen could learn from the WWI doughboys.

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