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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A baker is asking his customers to choose between doughnuts made with blue, red, yellow and green icing.
▪ A conveyor belt lifts the doughnuts out of the grease for a slow ride through a white curtain of falling glaze.
▪ Graceland is there, already, centerpiece of 10 dozen doughnut shops and roadside flophouses.
▪ He bought her doughnuts and cans of Carlsberg Special, and they picnicked on the pavement and he sang to her.
▪ I took out another sugared doughnut and began devouring it.
▪ The new structures have rejoiced in wonderfully evocative names like the beehive, the bell, the doughnut and the bicycle wheel.
▪ Their main source of income came from doughnuts.
▪ Why, Jo wondered, did she have to have a nose like a cross between a doughnut and a ski-jump?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Doughnut \Dough"nut\, n. A small cake (usually sweetened) fried in a kettle of boiling lard.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.\n\nThe 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] \n\nMeaning "a driving in tight circles" is U.S. slang, 1981. Compare also donut.


n. 1 A deep-fried piece of dough or batter, commonly of a toroidal (a ''ring doughnut'') often mixed with various sweeteners and flavourings; or flattened sphere (a filled doughnut) shape filled with jam, custard or cream. 2 Anything in the shape of a torus. 3 (context North America English) A peel-out or skid mark in the shape of a circle; a 360-degree skid. 4 A spare car tyre, usually stored in the boot, that is smaller than a full sized tyre and is only intended for temporary use.

  1. n. a toroidal shape; "a ring of ships in the harbor"; "a halo of smoke" [syn: ring, halo, annulus, anulus, anchor ring]

  2. a small ring-shaped friedcake [syn: donut, sinker]


A doughnut or donut ( or ; see spelling differences) is a type of fried dough confectionery or dessert food. The doughnut is popular in many countries and prepared in various forms as a sweet snack that can be homemade or purchased in bakeries, supermarkets, food stalls, and franchised specialty outlets. Doughnuts are usually deep-fried from a flour dough, and typically either ring-shaped or without a hole, and often filled. Other types of batters can also be used, and various toppings and flavorings are used for different types, such as sugar, chocolate, or maple glazing. In addition to flour, doughnuts may also include such ingredients as water, leavening, eggs, milk, sugar, oil/shortening, natural flavors and/or artificial flavors.

The two most common types are the ring doughnut and the filled doughnut—which is injected with fruit preserves, cream, custard, or other sweet fillings. A small spherical piece of dough may be cooked as a doughnut hole. Once doughnuts have been fried, they may be glazed with a sugar icing, spread with icing or chocolate, or topped with powdered sugar or sprinkles or fruit. Other shapes include rings, balls, and flattened spheres, as well as ear shapes, twists and other forms. Doughnut varieties are also divided into cake and yeast-risen type doughnuts. Donuts are often accompanied by coffee when they are purchased at doughnut shops or fast food restaurants.

Doughnut (disambiguation)

A doughnut or donut is a deep-fried piece of dough or batter, usually with a toroidal shape.

Doughnut or donut may also refer to:

  • A geometric shape formally called a torus
  • A torus or toroidal cushion commonly used by hemorrhoid patients
  • Baseball doughnut, a baseball bat weight used for warming up
  • Doughnut (driving), a driving maneuver
  • Donut, a type of spare tire
  • A lifebuoy is also called a life donut
Doughnut (driving)

A doughnut or donut is a maneuver performed while driving a vehicle. Performing this maneuver entails rotating the rear or front of the vehicle around the opposite set of wheels in a continuous motion, creating (ideally) a circular skid-mark pattern of rubber on a roadway and possibly even causing the tires to emit smoke from friction.

Other terms used for describing this maneuver include "spinning sedys / doing a sedy", "making cookies / cutting cookies", "cyclone", or " spinning brodies".

Doughnuts are more easily performed on wet and frozen surfaces ( ice and snow), as well as on loose surfaces, such as dirt. When performed in the snow, it is more often done to have fun than it is to make an earnest attempt at creating the circular skid mark pattern. In Australia, doughnuts performed in dust or mud are colloquially referred to as "circle work".

Performing the doughnut maneuver can be hazardous. Strain is placed on the vehicle's suspension and drivetrain, which may result in mechanical breakdown with loss of control. Tires are also subject to severe wear which may result in a sudden loss of pressure or blowout.. In snow, however, the strain placed on the vehicle is much less. Hence, rally drivers prefer to learn car control in such situations.

Usage examples of "doughnut".

He passed a bakeshop that breathed out a warm, steamy fragrance, and in the window there was a great pan of red-brown doughnuts dusted over with powdered sugar.

As the smell was like the smell of the bakeshop near home, and as the doughnuts looked the same, David instantly plucked up courage.

Even so, he rarely ate more than one meal a day, generally spaghetti if it was a Trattoo night, surviving on doughnuts and his beloved Battenberg cake the rest of the time.

She had dropped by the King Croesus yesterday and dragged Simone down to the Gold Doughnut, on the lower level, for her little atonement speech.

I bet Kevin Peterson even gets free coffee at the local doughnut shop on the square just because people remember him from his days as a Dixieland High School quarterback.

He rounded up a separate team to interview each of the half dozen pushcart vendors here, some selling coffee and doughnuts at the moment, others setting up for lunches of hot dogs, pretzels, gyros and falafel pita-bread sandwiches.

It was more or less a glorified coffee klatch to which doughnuts were added as an enticement.

I will bet twenty dollars to a doughnut that when the convoy gets under way, Lari will be in the front seat of same with J.

Two ceramic magnets no bigger than doughnuts can be so strongly charged that it is impossible to push them together by hand when their like poles are opposed, and impossible for a strong man to hold them apart when their unlike poles approach each other.

There was a power plant that ran on methane, to judge by the pile of animal dung neaped next to it, and a great big metal doughnut, still sitting in half of the crate it had come in, that looked like the makings of a small fusion generator.

Kuiper Belt have fairly circular orbits with semimajor axes from 35 to 56 AU, and form a region that looks like a doughnut.

There were men to envy in the Doughnut, the observers and the scientists: physicists, aerologists, astro-physicists, astronomer.

Caroline strolled by the whelk stalls and across the carpark, through an odour of frying doughnuts, chips and fierce fish.

Chuck felt the weight of the doughnuts, faintly warm and just a trifle greasy on his palm.

If he could make money into doughnuts, maybe he could make something more difficult, change his perception, as Keir had said.