The adjective is derived from Middle English doughti, douȝty, from Old English dohtiġ, dyhtiġ, from Proto-West Germanic *duhtīg, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewgʰ-. The English word may be analysed as dought + -y, and is cognate with Danish dygtig, Dutch duchtig, German tüchtig, Icelandic dygðugur, Scots douchty, douchtie, Swedish duktig.
The noun is derived from the adjective.
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