from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. manhood, virtue
  • n. the age of manhood, maturity
  • n. virility, manly power or strength; excellence
  • n. men, people
  • n. a company, army, retinue
  • v. alternative past tense form of dow

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Manhood; the age of manhood; manly power or strength; excellence.
  • n. Men collectively; especially, men as composing an army or a court; retainers.
  • n. Obsolete or dialectal Scotch preterit of dow.


From Middle English duȝethe, duhethe ("body of retainers, people, might, dignity, worth"), from Old English duguþ ("manhood, host, multitude, troops"), from Proto-Germanic *dugunþō, *dugunþiz (“power, competency, notefulness”), from *duganan (“to be useful”), from Proto-Indo-European *dheughe- (“to be ready, be sufficient”). Cognate with Old Frisian duged ("power"), Old High German tugad, tugund ("virtue"), German Tugend, Swedish dygd. Related to dow, doughty. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English doghte, from Old English dohte (first and third person singular past tense of dugan ("to avail, be useful")). (Wiktionary)



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