Green’s Dictionary of Slang

dough n.

[the idea of bread as an essential constituent of life]

1. [mid-19C+] (orig. US, also doe) money; thus dough up, dough over, to pay; also attrib.

2. [1940s] (UK Und.) counterfeit coins.

3. see doughboy n.1

In compounds

dough stacks (n.) [stacks n.1 ]

[2000s] (US black) large quantities of money.

In phrases

cook dough (v.)

[1940s] (UK Und.) to manufacture counterfeit money.

do one’s dough (v.)

[20C+] (orig. Aus.) to lose one’s money, to spend up.

in the dough (also doughy)

[1910s+] well off, prospering, rich.

roll dough (v.)

[2010s] (US) to make money.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

dough-baked (adj.) (also dow-baked)

[late 16C] stupid, dull; thus n. doughbake, a fool.

doughbanger (n.)

[late 19C+] (Aus.) a cook; thus dough-banging, cooking.

doughbelly (n.) (also dough-ring)

[19C+] a very fat person, a large stomach; used as a nickname; thus adj. doughbellied, obese.

dough-box (n.)

[1910s] the stomach.

doughboy (n.)

see separate entries.

dough-brain (n.)

[1980s+] (US campus) someone who acts foolishly or as if they have not been thinking.

doughface (n.) [SE doughface, a whiteface mask made orig. of flour and water and used for fancy dress; a doughface and a white sheet rendered the wearer a ‘ghost’; coined by John Randolph of Roanoke]

1. [mid-19C] (US) a malleable person, esp. a Northern politician who accepts slavery.

2. [20C+] (US) a woman who wears an excess of cosmetics.

doughfoot (n.) [var. on doughboy n.1 ]

[1940s+] (US) an infantryman.

doughguts (n.)

[mid-19C] (US) an extremely fat person.

dough-head (n.) [-head sfx (1)]

1. [19C+] (US) a very silly or stupid person.

2. [1920s–60s] (US tramp) a baker.

dough-Jehovahs (n.) (also dough-god(s)) [ety. unknown]

[late 19C–1910s] a biscuit or pastry.


see separate entries.

dough-roller (n.) (also dough boxer, ...puncher) [navy jargon dough roller, the ship’s cook]

[mid-19C+] (US) a cook, often spec. a baker.