1809, American English, from dough + nut (n.), probably on the notion of being a small round lump (the holes came later, first mentioned c. 1861). First recorded by Washington Irving, who described them as "balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog's fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks." Earlier name for it was dough-boy (1680s). Bartlett (1848) meanwhile lists doughnuts and crullers among the types of olycokes, a word he derives from Dutch olikoek, literally "oil-cake," to indicate a cake fried in lard.
The ladies of Augusta, Maine, set in operation and carried out a novel idea, namely, the distribution of over fifty bushels of doughnuts to the Third volunteer regiment of that State. A procession of ladies, headed by music, passed between double lines of troops, who presented arms, and were afterwards drawn up in hollow square to receive from tender and gracious hands the welcome doughnation. [Frazar Kirkland, "Anecdotes of the Rebellion," 1866]
Meaning "a driving in tight circles" is U.S. slang, 1981. Compare also donut.
1. She cuts and fries the mixture up into a potato doughnut called Quin-Kuria.
2. The mountain is encircled by the doughnut - shaped depression of the caldera.
3. And while she closed with a happy Scriptural flourish , he " hooked " a doughnut.
在她背了《圣经》中的一句妙语格言作结束语时, 汤姆 顺手牵羊 偷了一块油炸面圈.
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4. Put down that jelly doughnut and look carefully at this aorta.
5. Would you'care for a doughnut, hot dog or hamburger?