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[daw-ger-uh l, dog-er-] /ˈdɔ gər əl, ˈdɒg ər-/
  1. comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure.
  2. rude; crude; poor.
doggerel verse.
Also, doggrel
[daw-gruh l, dog-ruh l] /ˈdɔ grəl, ˈdɒg rəl/ (Show IPA)
Origin of doggerel
1350-1400; Middle English; see dog, -rel; cf. dog Latin Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for doggerel
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  • Because you recited that doggerel about The Run of Crusader.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Ramsey shook his head and tried to force the thoughts from his mind with doggerel.

    Equation of Doom

    Gerald Vance
  • This supposition has found strength and sanction in doggerel verse.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • By now, Presley could not tell whether what he had written was true poetry or doggerel.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • My lady was pleased to laugh at the doggerel, and even Mrs. Manners.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • One of them had written a bit of doggerel on a sheet of paper and tacked it to a tree.

    The Putnam Hall Champions Arthur M. Winfield
  • It is only doggerel but it helps to keep the idea before our people.

    The New Glutton or Epicure Horace Fletcher
  • It was doggerel, bad enough to satisfy every aspiration of an antiquary.

    The Wizard's Son, Vol. 1(of 3) Margaret Oliphant
  • I occupied myself, as I often do, in composing a bit of doggerel to the rhythm of the wheels.

    Walking Shadows Alfred Noyes
  • This was at once removed by the saying aloud of some charm in doggerel verse.

    Lancashire Folk-lore John Harland
British Dictionary definitions for doggerel


  1. comic verse, usually irregular in measure
  2. (as modifier): a doggerel rhythm
nonsense; drivel
Word Origin
C14 dogerel worthless, perhaps from doggedog
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Word Origin and History for doggerel

late 14c. (adj.); 1630s (n.), probably from dog + pejorative suffix -rel and applied to bad poetry perhaps with a suggestion of puppyish clumsiness, or being fit only for dogs. Attested as a surname from mid-13c., but the sense is not evident.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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