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

  • n. A piece of bread dough that is rolled thin and fried in deep fat.
  • n. An American infantryman in World War I.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An American infantryman, especially one from World War I.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rounded lump of dough that is deep-fried and served as hot bread
  • n. an American infantryman in World War I

Etymologies

Sense 2, perhaps from the large buttons on American uniforms of the 1860s, said to resemble doughboys (sense 1).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
dough +‎ boy; reason of concatenation unknown. Dated from 1847, during the Mexican-American War. (Wiktionary)

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