Middle English Dictionary Entry

dough n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Dough for bread or pastry; (b) paste; (c) fig. substance, flesh and blood.
In cpds. & combs.: (a) ~ bred, ?sourdough; ~ ribbe, ~ rible, ~ ris, a scraper for removing dough; ~ trough, ~ tubbe, kneading-trough; (b) sour ~, sourdough, leaven [for full treatment, see sour-dough].

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1400 Roy.17.A.3 Artist.Recipes (Roy 17.A.3) 234/27 : Put þerynne þi poudir and styr it togydere til it be þicke as dowȝ.
  • c1375 Bod.177 Artist.Recipes (Bod 177) 260/11 : Make a pelet þerof as hit were dow, and ley þat on þe sonne þat þer come no wet þerto.
  • Note: Additional quots., ?prob. sense 1.(a). New spelling (dowȝ).

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • ?c1400(1379) Daniel *Treat.Uroscopy (Roy 17.D.1)f.108ra (3.16) : In þo generatyues, but principaly in þe ballok stones of him & of here, it [sperm] is swongen and trauailede and wroght and knoden os dowh or paste, þorogh trauayling and mevyng of bodies.
Note: Sense 1.(a). New spelling: dowh.