doughnut (n.) 1809, American English, from DOUGH (Cf. dough) + NUT (Cf. nut). First recorded by Washington Irving, who described them as "balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog's fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks." Meaning "a driving in tight circles" is U.S. slang, 1981.

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  • doughnut — UK [ˈdəʊˌnʌt] / US [ˈdoʊˌnʌt] noun [countable] Word forms doughnut : singular doughnut plural doughnuts a round sweet food, often in the shape of a ring, that is made by cooking dough in oil …   English dictionary

  • doughnut — also donut noun Date: circa 1809 1. a small usually ring shaped cake fried in fat 2. something (as a mathematical torus) that resembles a doughnut especially in shape • doughnutlike adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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