Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by stouthearted courage; brave.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Brave; bold; courageous; valiant; intrepid; stouthearted; fearless.
  • adj. Hardy; strenuous; dauntless; resolute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Able; strong; valiant; redoubtable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Strong; brave; spirited; valiant; powerful: as, a doughty hero.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English dohtig.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English doughty, from Old English dohtiġ, dyhtiġ ("good, competent, valiant, doughty, strong"), from Proto-Germanic *duhtiz (“note, usefulness”) + Proto-Germanic *-igaz (suffix), equivalent to dought +‎ -y. Cognate with Scots douchty, douchtie ("bold, valiant"), Dutch duchtig ("severe, strict"), German tüchtig ("efficient, capable, hard, competent, big"), Danish dygtig ("virtuous, proficient"), Swedish duktig ("good, efficient, clever, capable, smart"), Icelandic dygðugur ("virtuous, stable"), Russian дюжий ("sturdy"). (Wiktionary)

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  • I'm with jennarenn.

    September 9, 2010

  • DUKE. When, to evade Destruction's hand,
    To hide they all proceeded,
    No soldier in that gallant band
    Hid half as well as he did.
    He lay concealed throughout the war,
    And so preserved his gore, O!
    That unaffected,
    Undetected,
    Well-connected
    Warrior,
    The Duke of Plaza-Toro!

    ALL. In every doughty deed, ha, ha!
    He always took the lead, ha, ha!
    That unaffected,
    Undetected,
    Well-connected
    Warrior,
    The Duke of Plaza-Toro!

    -W.S. Gilbert, The Gondoliers

    August 21, 2008

  • A hundred heralds she sent out
    To summon in her sight all doughty men

    from "The Queen's Complaint," Sylvia Plath

    April 14, 2008

  • I always want it to rhyme with sought. No reason.

    January 31, 2007

  • "By heaven, Theodore Purefoy, thou hast done a doughty deed and no botch!"
    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 27, 2007

  • doughty in the sense of brave holding together

    December 28, 2006