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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Middle English, pre-12th century


Brave and persistent.

Examples of Doughty in a sentence

"The doughty knights are remembered for their courageous actions."

"Even though he was young, he showed that he was doughty in the face of difficulty."

About Doughty

This courageous word first appeared in Old English as "dyhtig," which became "dohtig." By the 13th century, "doughty" emerged, and it was likely used in its earliest days to praise brave and fearless knights.

Did you Know?

While "doughty" appeared in Middle English to mean "brave," there are similar words in other European languages. In Danish, “dygtig” means "virtuous and proficient." In Dutch, “duchtig” is "severe or strict." In German, someone capable and efficient is "tüchtig." "Dygðugur" is Icelandic for "virtuous," and in Swedish, "duktig" means "efficient or clever."

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