Definition of dough in English:



  • 1A thick, malleable mixture of flour and liquid, used for baking into bread or pastry.

    • ‘My family always preserved grapes on the vine and would use them with leftover bread dough to make this tart.’
    • ‘It then offered several sets of instructions for using dough in cookies, pastry, bread, and the like.’
    • ‘It is this technique that allows pastry doughs to rise and pie crusts to flake.’
    • ‘This is what gives the elasticity to yeast doughs, which have to be kneaded and stretched.’
    • ‘Electricity runs the bread plants and proofing rooms to prepare the dough for baking.’
    • ‘If dough sticks, add a little more flour until dough becomes a soft round shape.’
    • ‘As well, he anticipates that his process will be adapted for making whole rice grain pastas and pizza doughs by one or more commercial producers.’
    • ‘The recipe calls for the preparation of three separate doughs.’
    • ‘Here's how to knead yeast doughs like focaccia.’
    • ‘In wheat, the prolamins form the major components of the gluten protein fraction which forms a viscoelastic network in doughs and is largely responsible for the ability to process wheat to form bread, pasta and many other food products.’
    • ‘One outcome: lower-quality flour, resulting in doughs that were unable to withstand the rigorous mixing that's part of making bread.’
    • ‘An earthenware jar of sourdough starter, which Marion has nurtured for over four years, has become an important part of the pleasure she takes in making yeast doughs; whether English muffins, pancakes or loaves of bread.’
    • ‘He wrapped the combination in a thick slab of egg and flour dough, deep fried it and a legend was born.’
    • ‘Fortified bread could be produced by adding yeast fortified with vitamins to bread dough.’
    • ‘Pastry doughs, and those for shortbread-type biscuits and cakes, use soft flour, with a high proportion of shortening, and are usually unleavened, giving a crisp, friable result.’
    • ‘Inclusion suppliers now are receiving numerous requests for high-quality reduced-carb ingredients such as cookie doughs, brownies and cake mixes.’
    • ‘Pour a little rose water in to fruit salads, use it to flavour thick syrups or add it to pastry and biscuit doughs, or whipped cream.’
    • ‘Knead the chilled dough on a lightly floured board until it's elastic, then roll it out until it is quite thin.’
    • ‘The oven can cook thinner doughs but not thicker ones.’
    • ‘Like the phyllo and strudel doughs of Europe, making the dough is an acquired skill that takes most Moroccans years to master.’
  • 2informal Money.

    ‘lots of dough’
    • ‘For yee biggest rock acts of yonder do stand to make a lot of dough from reunions.’
    • ‘I'm no mathematician, but wouldn't the sale of the lad Rooney give them enough dough to cover the debt?’
    • ‘Once I get that we'll be okay, but they will be loan players I would say because we ain't got a lot of dough.’
    • ‘We are not talking about being short of a little bit of dough, it is big money.’
    • ‘Don't worry about the fact he's already fronted up with a few million dollars of his own dough.’
    • ‘The film makes it clear that she is not exactly rolling in dough.’
    • ‘Die-hard fans will have no problem plunking down their hard-earned dough.’
    • ‘Even adjusting for inflation, that's a lot of dough for a poor boy from the backwoods of Austria.’
    • ‘Greggs Bakery is hoping to raise lots of dough at a charity run at Heaton Park.’
    cash, hard cash, ready money
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Old English dāg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch deeg and German Teig, from an Indo-European root meaning smear, knead.