Main definitions of doh in English

: doh1doh2

doh1

(also do)

noun

Music
  • 1(in tonic sol-fa) the first and eighth note of a major scale.

    • ‘When a tune modulates, the new key note is named doh, the transition being expressed by a ‘bridge note’ with a double name.’
    • ‘In exercise 2, the fourth note, soh of D major, becomes the new doh of A major, and is therefore given both names (sung as s'doh).’
    • ‘For example, the leading tone, the seventh note of the musical scale, known as ti (doh re me fa so la ti… doh) predicts or refers to the tonic, doh.’
    • ‘Tonic sol-fa was taught as his school and, by eighth grade, he had learned to snap doh, me, sol doh (a four note major chord) and performed this musical trick at a school concert.’
    1. 1.1 The note C in the fixed-doh system.

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Italian do, an arbitrarily chosen syllable replacing ut, taken from a Latin hymn (see solmization).

Pronunciation:

doh

/dəʊ/

Main definitions of doh in English

: doh1doh2

doh2

(also d'oh)

exclamation

informal
  • Used to comment on a foolish or stupid action, especially one's own:

    ‘I keep crashing cars. Doh! What a dummy!’
    • ‘And while inadvertently walking through a babywear department, it suddenly hit me, doh!’
    • ‘I will then send you a postcard of a picture pertaining to New Zealand (obviously doh!) and attach my own postal address hoping that you will send me a postcard of where you're from.’
    • ‘When I reached the front door and tried to open it I discovered to my horror that the neighbour in the flat above had double locked the front door and I had no key… doh!’
    • ‘He didn't look at the instructions and put the document in upside down… doh!’
    • ‘I took pills, showered and eventually made it in to the office at about 12… doh!’
    • ‘I keep meaning to let you know, but then I kept forgetting, doh.’
    • ‘I could have put that $30 savings towards a top DVD player… doh!’
    • ‘I eventually realised that I hadn't set the right permissions on the import directory… doh, doh, doh, doh, DOH!’
    • ‘I had no wipes or changing stuff, the toilets were closed and the cafe was closed… doh:)…’
    • ‘Since taking these shots I found out that we are not permitted to take photographs of the run without obtaining permission first - doh!’
    • ‘We were actually standing on opposite sides of the sign, doh!’
    • ‘I fell asleep on the couch and woke at 5.30 am… doh!’
    • ‘He asks whether I would l prefer to go somewhere else for our first date and I realise that I am being asked out ‘proper’ - doh!’
    • ‘I've only just realised that one of my articles is up in the University of Central Lancashire journalism homepage - doh!’
    • ‘I found my camera… of course it was where it should've been… safely in my handbag, so I wouldn't forget to take it out tonight, doh!’
    • ‘I was drunk Friday night and dislodged an old filling eating over cooked pizza… doh!’
    • ‘I remember lunch at the Berkeley hotel with the actor when he asked me what bread and butter pudding was made of - doh!’

Pronunciation:

doh

/dəʊ/

Main definitions of doh in English

: doh1doh2

DoH

  • (in the UK) Department of Health.

Pronunciation:

DoH

/dəʊ/