(in tonic sol-fa) the first and eighth note of a major scale.‘In exercise 2, the fourth note, soh of D major, becomes the new doh of A major, and is therefore given both names (sung as s'doh).’
- ‘Tonic sol-fa was taught as his school and, by eighth grade, he had learned to snap doh, me, sol doh (a four note major chord) and performed this musical trick at a school concert.’
- ‘When a tune modulates, the new key note is named doh, the transition being expressed by a ‘bridge note’ with a double name.’
- ‘For example, the leading tone, the seventh note of the musical scale, known as ti (doh re me fa so la ti… doh) predicts or refers to the tonic, doh.’
- 1.1The note C in the fixed-doh system.
Mid 18th century from Italian do, an arbitrarily chosen syllable replacing ut, taken from a Latin hymn (see solmization).
Used to comment on a foolish or stupid action, especially one's own.
- ‘I lost by one point. Doh!’
- ‘I fell asleep on the couch and woke at 5.30 am… doh!’
- ‘He asks whether I would l prefer to go somewhere else for our first date and I realise that I am being asked out ‘proper’ - doh!’
- ‘When I reached the front door and tried to open it I discovered to my horror that the neighbour in the flat above had double locked the front door and I had no key… doh!’
- ‘I've only just realised that one of my articles is up in the University of Central Lancashire journalism homepage - doh!’
- ‘I took pills, showered and eventually made it in to the office at about 12… doh!’
- ‘He didn't look at the instructions and put the document in upside down… doh!’
- ‘I was drunk Friday night and dislodged an old filling eating over cooked pizza… doh!’
- ‘I found my camera… of course it was where it should've been… safely in my handbag, so I wouldn't forget to take it out tonight, doh!’
- ‘We were actually standing on opposite sides of the sign, doh!’
- ‘And while inadvertently walking through a babywear department, it suddenly hit me, doh!’
- ‘I remember lunch at the Berkeley hotel with the actor when he asked me what bread and butter pudding was made of - doh!’
- ‘I could have put that $30 savings towards a top DVD player… doh!’
- ‘Since taking these shots I found out that we are not permitted to take photographs of the run without obtaining permission first - doh!’
- ‘I keep meaning to let you know, but then I kept forgetting, doh.’
- ‘I will then send you a postcard of a picture pertaining to New Zealand (obviously doh!) and attach my own postal address hoping that you will send me a postcard of where you're from.’
- ‘I had no wipes or changing stuff, the toilets were closed and the cafe was closed… doh:)…’
- ‘I eventually realised that I hadn't set the right permissions on the import directory… doh, doh, doh, doh, DOH!’
1940s natural exclamation, associated with the character Homer Simpson in the US animated television series The Simpsons; Dan Castellaneta, who voiced the character, was influenced by the actor James Finlayson's frequent use of the expression in film comedies starring the duo Laurel and Hardy.
(in the UK) Department of Health.