One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Extinguish (a fire or light)‘he sent her and Peter back to dout the fire’
douse, put out, quench, stamp out, smother, beat out, dampen downView synonyms
- ‘Well they douted the light and they said goodnight to the landlord then they made their way home.’
A cigarette end.‘he inserts the dout off-centre between his lips’
- ‘He shuffled his way around the streets dragging his right leg behind him, a bit like "the mummy" in the old movies, puffing away at a dowt he had picked up in the gutter and wearing a cloth cap and raggy clothes.’
Early 16th century (as a verb): contraction of do out. The noun dates from the 1940s.
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