Dough is a thick mixture of flour and other ingredients that can be kneaded, baked, and eaten. Bread dough needs to rise before you bake it in a hot oven.

Many baked goods begin their lives as dough, including bread, rolls, and some cookies. Dough is stiff enough that you can shape it, pull pieces off of it, stretch it and knead it. Informally, dough can also mean "money." If your friend says, "I make so much dough waiting tables!" he probably means money, not cookie dough. The word comes from an Indo-European root that means "smear" or "knead."

Definitions of dough
  1. noun
    a flour mixture stiff enough to knead or roll
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    pastry, pastry dough
    a dough of flour and water and shortening
    bread dough
    any of various doughs for bread
    pate feuillete, puff paste
    dough used for very light flaky rich pastries
    type of:
    concoction, intermixture, mixture
    any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients
  2. noun
    informal term for money
    synonyms: boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, loot, lucre, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampum
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    type of:
    the most common medium of exchange; functions as legal tender
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