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[damd] /dæmd/
adjective, superlative damnedest, damndest.
condemned or doomed, especially to eternal punishment:
the wailing of damned souls.
detestable; loathsome:
Get that damned dog out of here!
complete; absolute; utter:
a damned nuisance; a damned fool.
Informal. extraordinary; amazing:
It was the damnedest thing I'd ever seen.
the damned, those condemned to suffer eternal punishment.
extremely; very; absolutely:
a damned good singer; too damned lazy.
damned well, Informal. certainly or without doubt; emphatically:
You damned well better say you're sorry!
Also, damn well.
Origin of damned
First recorded in 1350-1400, damned is from the Middle English word dam(p)ned. See damn, -ed2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for damn well
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  • If you have none see you damn well get it, steal it, rob it!

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • "They do you damn well here," he said, coming up to her with his glass in his hand.

    The Law Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • “They do you damn well here,” he said, coming up to her with his glass in his hand.

    The Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • That orchestra could certainly play jazz; it could play it too damn well.

    The Plastic Age Percy Marks
  • If you think you're going out now, you're damn well mistaken.

    The Lamp in the Desert

    Ethel M. Dell
British Dictionary definitions for damn well


  1. condemned to hell
  2. (as noun): the damned
adverb, adjective (slang)
(intensifier): a damned good try, a damned liar, I should damned well think so!
used to indicate amazement, disavowal, or refusal (in such phrases as I'll be damned and damned if I care)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for damn well

damn well


Certainly; definitely: you know damn well I have to work (1941+)


Related Terms

i'll be damned

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with damn well

damn well

Also,damned well. Certainly, without doubt; emphatically. For example, You damn well better improve your grades, or I know damned well that he's leaving me out. The damn in this phrase is mainly an intensifier.
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