(Don"zel) n. [Cf. It. donzello, Sp. doncel, OF. danzel. See Damsel, Don, n.] A young
squire, or knight's attendant; a page. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl.
(Doo) n. (Zoöl.) A dove. [Scot.]
(Doob" grass`) [Hind. db.] (Bot.) A perennial, creeping grass highly prized, in Hindostan,
as food for cattle, and acclimated in the United States. [Written also doub grass.]
(Doo"dle) n. [Cf. Dawdle.] A trifler; a simple fellow.
(Doo"dle*sack`) n. [Cf. G. dudelsack.] The Scotch bagpipe. [Prov. Eng.]
(Doole) n. Sorrow; dole. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Doo"ly) n.; pl. Doolies [Skr. dla.] A kind of litter suspended from men's shoulders, for carrying
persons or things; a palanquin. [Written also doolee and doolie.] [East Indies]
Having provided doolies, or little bamboo chairs slung on four men's shoulders, in which I put my papers
and boxes, we next morning commenced the ascent.J. D. Hooker.
(Doom) n. [As. dom; akin to OS. dom, OHG. tuom, Dan. & Sw. dom, Icel. domr, Goth. doms,
Gr. qe`mis law; fr. the root of E. do, v. t. &radic65. See Do, v. t., and cf. Deem, -dom.]
1. Judgment; judicial sentence; penal decree; condemnation.
The first dooms of London provide especially the recovery of cattle belonging to the citizens.J. R. Green.
Now against himself he sounds this doom.Shak.
2. That to which one is doomed or sentenced; destiny or fate, esp. unhappy destiny; penalty.
Ere Hector meets his doom.Pope.
And homely household task shall be her doom.Dryden.
3. Ruin; death.
This is the day of doom for Bassianus.Shak.
4. Discriminating opinion or judgment; discrimination; discernment; decision. [Obs.]
And there he learned of things and haps to come,Fairfax.
To give foreknowledge true, and certain doom.
Syn. Sentence; condemnation; decree; fate; destiny; lot; ruin; destruction.
(Doom), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Doomed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dooming.]
1. To judge; to estimate or determine as a judge. [Obs.] Milton.
2. To pronounce sentence or judgment on; to condemn; to consign by a decree or sentence; to sentence; as,
a criminal doomed to chains or death.
Absolves the just, and dooms the guilty souls.Dryden.
3. To ordain as penalty; hence, to mulct or fine.
Have I tongue to doom my brother's death?Shak.