• (America, Canada) IPA: /ˈdoʊnət/, /ˈdoʊˌnʌt/

donut (plural donuts)

  1. (American spelling, Canadian spelling) A deep-fried piece of dough or batter, commonly made in a toroidal or ellipsoidal shape, and mixed with various sweeteners and flavors, sometimes filled with jelly, custard or cream.
    • 1900, George Wilbur Peck, Peck’s bad boy and his pa, Stanton and Van Vliet, p. 107:
      …Pa said he guessed he hadn’t got much appetite, and he would just drink a cup of coffee and eat a donut.
  2. (North America) Anything in the shape of a torus.
  3. (North America, automobile) A peel-out or skid-mark in the shape of donut; a 360-degree skid.
  4. (North America) A spare tire, smaller and less durable than a full-sized tire, only intended for temporary use.
  5. A toroidal cushion typically used by hemorrhoid patients.
  6. (North America, slang) An idiot.

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