A plate of doughboys.
doughboy definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a boiled dumpling
- ☆ Informal a U.S. infantryman, esp. of WWI
doughboy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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).