At first glance, the adjective doughty
might be confused with doughy
. But the pronunciation and definition of each word is quite different: Doughty (DOW tee) means physically fit, or brave or valiant; while doughy (DOE ee) means soft, pasty, or flabby — like soft dough. Still not sure how to pronounce doughty? Here's a mnemonic: Don't doubt me, I'm doughty!
When Don Quixote dies at the end of the eponymous novel, his friend Samson Carrasco offers this epitaph for the tomb:
A doughty gentleman lies here;
A stranger all his life to fear;
Nor in his death could Death prevail,
In that last hour, to make him quail.