A plate of doughboys.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a boiled dumpling
- ☆ Informal a U.S. infantryman, esp. of WWI
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- A piece of bread dough that is rolled thin and fried in deep fat.
- An American infantryman in World War I.
Origin: Sense 2, perhaps from the large buttons on American uniforms of the 1860s, said to resemble doughboys (sense 1).