- persistent in effort; stubbornly tenacious: a dogged worker.
Origin of dogged1
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Examples from the Web for doggedness
The story is a classic of doggedness, cleverness, and a little luck.New Thai-Taiwanese Syndrome Is Not AIDS 2.0
August 26, 2012
To a stranger listening to a story that sounded like another Plagues of Egypt, their doggedness seemed inexplicable.The Texas Drought Seen Firsthand from the Eyes of Ranchers
August 9, 2012
Lund loses her identity amid her doggedness to pursue the killer.‘The Killing’: How AMC’s Adaptation of ‘Forbrydelsen’ Went Wrong
May 14, 2012
This fearlessness and doggedness makes him a natural soul mate of The Daily Beast.Andrew Sullivan Joins The Daily Beast!
February 27, 2011
"It was as good as suicide," insisted the General, with doggedness.The Market-Place
And yet, somehow, the British doggedness does not always answer.The Christmas Books
William Makepeace Thackeray
The sinister look in the eyes, the doggedness of the face did not change.
“I want to do it,” replied Miss Ramsbotham, a note of doggedness in her voice.Tommy and Co.
Jerome K. Jerome
He was then so near home that the impulse of doggedness kept him on foot.The Dust Flower
- obstinately determined; wilful or tenacious
Word Origin and History for doggedness
"having the qualities of a dog" (mostly in a negative sense), c.1300, from dog (n.). Meaning "persistent" is from 1779. Hence doggedly (late 14c.), "cruelly, maliciously;" later "with a dog's persistence" (1773). Related: Doggedness.