• Brave and persistent.

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Example Sentences

“The stories of knights tell tales of doughty and courageous adventures.”

“His actions showed that he was doughty and loyal in the face of difficulty.”

“Despite challenges this year, your doughty accomplishments earned you the scholarship.”

Word Origin

Old English, 11th century

Why this word?

While “doughty” appeared in Middle English, similar adjectives can be found in other European languages. The Danish “dygtig” means “virtuous and proficient,” “duktig” is “efficient and clever” in Swedish, and in Dutch, a formidable person is “duchtig.” In German, someone capable and efficient is “tüchtig,” while in Iceland, “dygðugur” means “virtuous.”

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