Green’s Dictionary of Slang

dough n.

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

1. (orig. US, also doe) money; thus dough up, dough over, to pay; also attrib.

[US]Bartlett Dict. Americanisms 356: tin. A slang word for money. ‘Kelter,’ ‘dimes,’ ‘dough,’ ‘rocks,’ and many other words are used in the same manner.
[US]S.F. Call 26 Mar. n.p.: [He] Went to fight the furious tiger, / Went to fight the beast at faro, / And was cleaned out so completely / That he lost his every mopus, / Every single speck of pewter, / Every solitary shiner, / Every brad and every dollar / All the dough in his possession.
[US]H.L. Williams Black-Eyed Beauty 22: Where the blazes is the ‘dough’ to come from?
[US]Wichita City Eagle 29 Oct. in Miller & Snell Why the West was Wild 147: They just levelled a shotgun and six-shooter upon the scalawags [...] and told them to ‘dough over,’ which they did, to the amount of $146.
[US]‘O. Henry’ ‘Chanson de Bohême’ in Rolling Stones (1913) 243: I’d rather distribute a coat of red / On the town with a wad of dough.
[US]F. Hutchison Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 8: ‘Tell him [...] it’s a dough proposition’.
[UK]Sporting Times 15 Apr. 2/3: Dad was quite capable o’ partin’ the dough.
[UK]F. Murry [perf. Marie Lloyd] Rosie had a very rosy time 🎵 She found some ‘pies’ and then was far from slow / Picked the old and ‘crusty’ ones because she was fond of their dough.
[Aus]Sport (Adelaide) 10 Feb. 5/4: The mob made up a tarpaulin and gave Snowy the dough for some beef and bread.
[US]F. Dumont Darkey Dialect Discourses 26: Start coughin’, and if you don’t dough up quick, I hopes you choke!
[UK]A. Conan Doyle His Last Bow in Baring-Gould (1968) II 799: ‘What about the dough?’ he asked. ‘The what?’ ‘The boodle. The reward. The five hundred pounds.’.
[UK]N. Lucas London and its Criminals 192: How much ‘dough’ ’ave you got on yer?
[US]J. Lait Broadway Melody 21: We put all our dough in new wardrobe.
[UK]E. Glyn Flirt & Flapper 19: Flapper: You must be a good mixer if you want the dough.
[UK]Thieves Slang ms list from District Police Training Centre, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Warwicks 4: Dough: Money.
[US]R. Chandler ‘Red Wind’ in Red Wind (1946) 52: If I don’t get my cover-up, you don’t get your dough.
[US]J. Weidman What’s In It For Me? 255: He’s better looking than I am? He’s got more dough?
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 40: Those uncles of mine sure saved a pile of dough feeding me all that discipline at the state’s expense.
[US]C. Himes Crazy Kill 97: He swore to me that Dulcy was going to get the dough for him.
[UK]B. Reckord Skyvers I ii: You teach to make dough and that’s teaching.
[US](con. 1960s) R. Price Wanderers 9: ‘You wanna hop a cab?’ ‘Nah, I ain’t got no dough.’.
[UK]P. Theroux Picture Palace 134: I can’t help thinking there must be a pile of dough in this for you.
[Ire]J. Healy Grass Arena (1990) 99: The law have been round there day and night looking for the bent dough.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 287: Once you get the Maas the dough, he’ll walk you in three, four months.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 33: Wheezer was off now, collecting the dough that’d finally turn into the Grams’ first single.
[Aus]P. Temple Black Tide (2012) [ebook] The bugger got twenty grand hisself from the old girl. Must’ve done that dough pretty smart.
[US]50 Cent ‘In da Club’ 🎵 My flow, my show brought me the doe / That bought me all my fancy things / My crib, my cars, my pools, my jewels.
[US]C. Hiaasen Nature Girl 68: Not everybody’s rolling in dough like the president’s multimillionaire pals.
[UK]K. Richards Life 84: Big Bill Broonzy realized he could jack up a bit of dough if he switched from Chicago blues to being a folksy bluesman.
J. Robinson Gospel of the Game 3: I really and most emphatically got to have my dough.
[Aus]T. Peacock More You Bet 67: ‘Money’ [...] might also be referred to as ‘cash’, or ‘coin’, or ‘oscar’, or ‘moolah’, or ‘notes’, or ‘bills’, or ‘chips’ or ‘brass’, or ‘dosh’, or ‘dough’, or ‘bread’, or ‘biscuits’, or ‘bullets’, or ‘ammunition’.
[US](con. 1991-94) W. Boyle City of Margins 51: Big Time Tommy wouldn’t be happy if he knew about Donnie clipping dough off the top.

2. (UK Und.) counterfeit coins.

[UK]V. Davis Phenomena in Crime 252: Snide, slither, dough. Counterfeit coins. The moulds are called ‘ovens’.

3. see doughboy n.1

In compounds

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

(US black) large quantities of money.

[US]Ebonics Primer at 🌐 dough stacks Definition: large quantities of money Example: ya’ll busters cant see my dough stacks.

In phrases

do one’s dough (v.)

(orig. Aus.) to lose one’s money, to spend up.

[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 27 Jan. 4/8: We’d see the Doc. encouraging the mug / To do his dough on nags that aren’t here.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 20 Aug. Red Page/1: The ’Urdles now, en’ Steeple’s all the go / Ter give the blokes a charnce ter do their dough, / Then fetch a skite their forchin jist got pipped! / It ain’t too dusty livenin’ aroun’ / These early morns wif Jack Frost on the groun’, / Uz if the moonlight froze w’ere it wuz tipped.
[Aus]D. Ireland Burn 52: Don’t bet on it, son. You might do your dough.
[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 62: When a chosen horse ‘runs like a hairy goat’ both sexes ‘do their dough’.
[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 193: done your dough lost one’s money, as in i done me dough at the track.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Mystery Bay Blues 237: We thought we’d done our dough [...] You were taking an awful battering.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read Chopper 4 157: He did his dough. She ran second.
in the dough (also doughy)

well off, prospering, rich.

[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘Money In It’ Sporting Times 5 Feb. 1/3: And he in his turn felt sure, to use his own expression terse, / ‘She is doughy!’.
[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Judgement Day in Studs Lonigan (1936) 650: I was in the dough then.
[UK]J. Curtis You’re in the Racket, Too 38: I’ll make it up to you after to-night. I’ll be in the dough again.
[US]S. Lewis Kingsblood Royal (2001) 296: In a couple of years you’ll be in the dough again.
[US]Jess Stearn Sisters of the Night 10: When she learns to make with the fancy talk [...] she’ll be in the dough.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

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

stupid, dull; thus n. doughbake, a fool.

[Ire]J. Lilly Midas II ii: A reason dow-baked .
T. Overbury A Wife, with many witty Characters C2: A Very Woman is a dow-bakt man, or Shee ment well towards him, but fell the two bowes short, strength and understanding.
[UK]Wycherley Country-Wife IV iv: These dow-baked, senseless, indocile animals, women, too hard for us, their politic lords and rulers.
[Scot]Fife Herald 5 Nov. 4/2: That little, soft, putty-head doughbake [...] she ain’t good enough for a Thornton.
[UK]Western Gaz. 27 Dec. 3/5: O! George, thou dough-baked fellow!
doughbanger (n.)

(Aus.) a cook; thus dough-banging, cooking.

[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 3 May 7/4: Poor Joe the doughbanger has still the tea and a heavy day before him [AND].
M. Costello Harold Effermere 73: Dash it all, the cook has had a pretty stiff ‘dog watch.’ You better go out and square a circle round them ‘hornies,’ and let the dough banger come in.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Sept. 39/ 1: The time was come that we should elect our cook [...] Nine doughbangers fer the one job.
[Aus]E.S. Sorenson Bush Cooks in Life in the Aus. Backblocks 88: The notion was once prevalent that all wayback dough-bangers were pugilistic champions, and dozens [...] traded on this reputation, going smilingly through camp and shed on the game of bluff, challenging any man to fight who found fault with the tucker. [...] Dough-banging does not develop the muscles in the manner that bush-whackers used to imagine.
[Aus]Aussie (Sydney) Oct. 24/1: In other days when shearers elected their own cooks at nearly all big sheds, the doughbangers stood for selection like a candidate for Parliament [AND].
S.W. Keough Around Army 15: He makes inquiries and finds that all the dough-bangers have been promoted to lance jacks, and that they’re sitting around awaiting the arrival of some new privates to order to make the bread [AND].
[Aus]H.M. Eastman Memoirs of Sheepman 45: You with the doughbanger’s cap, what about it? [...] Are you a cook? [AND].
North Aus. Monthly Nov. 13/1: Road cooks [...] were running under an alias when they classed themselves as dough-bangers [AND].
doughbelly (n.) (also dough-ring)

a very fat person, a large stomach; used as a nickname; thus adj. doughbellied, obese.

[UK]Morn. Chron. (London) 15 Aug. 3/4: Yesterday Martin Lawler, better known by the name of Doughbelly, was charged [etc.].
[UK]Era 4 June 3/4: An editor in Indiana [...] calls his village contemporary ‘Doughbelly’.
[US]Holmes Co. Farmer (Millersburg, OH) 8 Oct. 2/3: Old Doughbelly, proprietor of the Empire House.
[US]Frankfort Roundabout (KY) 23 July 7/1: The Frankforts played an exhibition game [...] ‘Doughbelly’ officiated as ‘mascotte’ for the home team.
[US]Wichita Dly Eagle (KS) 29 May10/7: A politician at Stillwater is known by the delicate nick-name of Dough-belly.
[US]Alliance Herald (NE) 14 Dec. 22/2: Anyone who can and won’t pay an honest debt is a far worse person than a horse thief or a dough-bellied or gander-legged, pin-head gambler.
(con. 1890s) in Calif. Folklore Quarterly I 220: Get away from me, you little doughbelly! [HDAS].
[Scot]I. Rankin Black Book (2000) 69: He was a bit worried about getting a ‘dough-ring’, as he termed the gut policemen specialised in.
dough-box (n.)

the stomach.

[Aus]Truth (Melbourne) 31 Jan. 6/2: When it is all rubbed off your manly buzzum, and your prostrate dough-box, you can use one hand to grab the tart you admire.
doughboy (n.)

see separate entries.

dough-brain (n.)

(US campus) someone who acts foolishly or as if they have not been thinking.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall 2: doughbrain – space-cadet, dumby.
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. (US) a malleable person, esp. a Northern politician who accepts slavery.

[Can]New Brunswick Times 13 Apr. n.p.: He [i.e. John Randolph] said: ‘I knew these would give way. They were scared at their own dough faces. [...] We had them.’.
[US]Amer. Slavery As It Is 114/2: Truly, of all Yankee notions and free state products, there is nothing like a ‘dough face’ — the great north, em staple for the southern market — 'made to order,' in any quantity, and always on hand.
[US]Edgefield Advertiser (SC) 11 June 2/1: The editor of the Ohio paper abandoned the Whigs because they nominated the Abolitionists, and joined the Locofocos because they went for the doughfaces.
[US]Vermont Phoenix (Brattleboro, VT) 18 Aug. 2/5: Southern patricians have lorded it over Northern Doughfaces (i.e. Democrats) until they have made them as [...] cringing as the degraded slave.
[US]Perrysburg Jrnl (OH) 24 Feb. 3/2: The Lord deliver us from the doughface race — timid, [...] prevaricating, backing out, selling out crew.
[UK]C. Mackay Life and Liberty in America 105: Among the pure Americanisms may be cited the following: [...] A doughface; a man easily moved to change his opinion; a person to be wrought upon and modeled to any particular shape, like a piece of dough.
[US]J.W. Haley Rebel Yell and The Yankee Hurrah (1985) 207: There are in the North a lot of dough-faces.
[UK]J. Mair Hbk of Phrases 103: Dough-faces, a nick-name given to the Northern abettors of negro slavery.
[US]Saline Co. Jrnl (KS) 19 Apr. 3/5: One hundred and fifty Democratic electoral votes were in the southern half of the Union, and the northern doughface fellows are the tail of that dog.
[US]Louisiana Democrat (Alexandra, LA) 27 Aug. 1/3: After this comes once more the old cry: ‘Stand back, doughfaces!’.
[US]Akron Dly Democrat (OH) 19 Mar. 1/3: Thus it was that Park and Sandford [...] Ceased their action of pursuing Doughfaces.
[US]Day Book (Chicago) 30 Jan. 12/1: As blind as was the blindness of those northern doughfaces who sides with southern slave-holders.
[US]Carlsbad Current (NM) 17 Dec. 7/1: Van Buren stood by his guns [...] going down in the Democratic convention under the displeasure of the southern slaveholders and the alarm of the northern doughfaces.

2. (US) a woman who wears an excess of cosmetics.

[US]T. Thackrey Thief 6: Miss dough-face, the counter girl, is commencing to get interested.
doughfoot (n.) [var. on doughboy n.1 ]

(US) an infantryman.

[US](con. 1944) J.H. Burns Gallery (1948) 70: You know goddam well that the merchant marine lives better than you poor doughfeet below deck.
[Aus]Hackworth & Sherman About Face (1991) 79: A dry change of socks [...] — and lots of ammo — were the real essentials in a doughfoot’s kit.
doughguts (n.)

(US) an extremely fat person.

R. Patrick Reluctant Rebel 42: You infernal old doughguts.
dough-head (n.) [-head sfx (1)]

1. (US) a very silly or stupid person.

[US]New-England Mag. Nov. 397: There 's Billy Dough-head, harmless youth, / Who ne’er touched sword, or ever saw gun, / Fumbles his sconce, and finds, forsooth, / That he 's a huge destructive organ.
[US]S. Kettell Yankee Notions 124: Nonsense, Josh, you silly dough-head .
[US]Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 24 Sept. n.p.: the whip wants to know If A B the dough-head has as yet entered into Hymen’s bands .
[US]F.M. Whitcher Widow Bedott Papers (1883) 46: I always thought the elder was ruther of a dough-head.
[US]M.J. Holmes Tempest and Sunshine 162: He inwardly accused them all of being ‘doughheads’.
[US]Bartlett Dict. Americanisms (3 edn) 128: Dough-head. A soft-pated fellow, a fool.
[US]‘Oliver Optic’ In School and Out 168: In the course of the drill he called me a dough-head.
M.J. Holmes Mildred 136: ‘Fool! dough-head!’ thundered the Judge.
[US]Salt Lake Herald (UT) 9 Dec. 4/5: I’m sorry I’m such a doughhead.
A. Fuller One of the Pilgrims 114: I ’m a dreadful dough-head about politics.
[US]Marion Dly Mirror (OH) 4 July 12/3: She called him a doughhead and a fool and a lot of other things.
Eve. Bulletin (HI) 6 June 9/3: ‘Pop, where is the sun at 7 o’clock in the morning?’ ‘In the east, you doughhead’.
[US]Wentworth & Flexner DAS.
Gazette (Montreal) 11 June 6/1: Pass the ball, you dough-head.
[US]‘Joe Bob Briggs’ Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In 3: A dough-head in a Barracuda crunched his rear door.

2. (US tramp) a baker.

[US]N. Klein ‘Hobo Lingo’ in AS I:12 650: Dough-head—a baker.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]Wentworth & Flexner DAS.
dough-Jehovahs (n.) (also dough-god(s)) [ety. unknown]

a biscuit or pastry.

[UK]W.C. Russell Sailors’ Lang. xii: Dough jehovas are a Yankee pudding.
[US]Great Falls Trib. (MT) 12 Dec. 1/2: ‘What is the bill of fare?’ ‘Biled thripe and injuns [...] prairie soup and dough-gods’.
[US]Monthly So. Dakotan I 176: The hay boy flung himself on the canadensis carpet and ate his dinner of dough-god and bacon with hearty relish [DA].
[US]Yakima Herald 30 Sept. 10/3: Delicious lamb chops, french fried potatoes and camp biscuits dubbed ‘dough gods’ by our excellent cooks.
[US]Wash. Times (DC) 11 Oct. 7/1: Some of Butch’s dainties [...] included ‘dough gods,’ [and] Boston bullets.
[US]Seattle Star (WA) 12 June 8/6: I can make all sorts of bread, ma’am [...] even dough-gods.
[US]R.F. Adams Cowboy Lingo 147: ‘Sour-doughs’ were biscuit such as only a cow-camp cook could make; they were also known as ‘dough-gods,’ ‘sinkers,’ or ‘hot rocks’.

see separate entries.

dough-pop (v.) [pop v.1 (1c); ? link to doughboy n.1 ]

1. to hit hard.

[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 23: I’ll catch two or three balls behind Dreamer Tatum and at least once I’ll dough-pop him on his black ass.

2. to defeat completely.

[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 37: We were All-America our senior year and dough-popped Arkansas thirty-seven to twenty-one.
dough-roller (n.) (also dough boxer, ...puncher) [navy jargon dough roller, the ship’s cook]

(US) a cook, often spec. a baker.

[UK]Paul Pry 26 Mar. 3/3: Paul Advises [...] Mr. J. L—n, of Richmond, not to strut about the hill so much. All the girls know you are only a dough-puncher.
[UK]Sporting Times 11 Feb. 3/5: A good lady [...] was engaged in cutting up a loaf of bread, when out popped the top joint of a man’s finger, nail and all, half cooked. Discouraged with her find, she sought out the German dough-puncher.
[US]G.D. Chase ‘Navy Sl.’ in DN IV: ii 150: dough puncher, n. Baker.
[Aus]Sport (Adelaide) 7 Mar. 5/6: Alfred [...] had better look out for the dough puncher.
[US] in J.M. Hunter Trail Drivers of Texas (1963) I 331: The cook [...] ‘dough roller,’ ‘dinero,’ ‘coocy’ and ‘biscuit shooter’.
[US]J. Stevens ‘Logger Talk’ AS I:3 137/1: A camp cook is [...] ‘Gut-burglar,’ [...] ‘dough-roller,’ and ‘star chief.’.
[US]Buckner ‘Ranch Diction of the Texas Panhandle’ in AS VIII:1 27: dough-roller. Cook.
[UK]Shields Dly News 4 Sept. 4/6: ‘Our own dough-puncher makes better sinkers than the ones you get here’.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 4: dough boxer [...] dough-head [...] dough roller A cook.
[US]Wentworth & Flexner DAS 159/1: dough-roller A logging-camp cook.