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[dawg-gawn, -gon, dog-] /ˈdɔgˈgɔn, -ˈgɒn, ˈdɒg-/ Informal.
verb (used with object), doggoned, doggoning.
to damn:
Doggone your silly advice!
adjective, superlative doggonest.
Also, doggoned. damned; confounded:
a doggone fool; Well, I'll be doggoned.
Also, doggoned. damned:
He's a doggone poor sport.
Origin of doggone
1850-55, Americanism; perhaps from dog on it! euphemistic alteration of God damned Unabridged
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  • doggone it, it seemed years since he had let fly with any bullets at the Japs.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • doggone it, Foster, youve got to hand it to a guy like that!

    Full-Back Foster Ralph Henry Barbour
  • doggone it, this wading through ponds uh soft soap has got t' stop right here.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • “Too doggone cold to sit in the stand today, anyway,” Barry said.

  • "Get experience," they say; and not a doggone one in a dozen'll ever give a fellow any chance to get the experience.

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly
  • The doggone rascals, they never take no care of their teeth.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • Folks began to wake up 'nd put their heads outern their bunks to see what wuz the doggone matter.

    Second Book of Tales Eugene Field
  • "doggone it, here they come," said Shorty, snatching up his gun.

  • doggone it, Emma, I didn't have a very good life before I met you.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for doggone


an exclamation of annoyance, disappointment, etc
adjective, adverb (prenominal)
Also doggoned another word for damn (sense 3), damn (sense 4)
Word Origin
C19: euphemism for God damn
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Word Origin and History for doggone

1851, American English, a "fantastic perversion of god-damned" [Weekley]. But Mencken favors the theory that it is "a blend form of dog on it; in fact it is still often used with it following. It is thus a brother to the old English phrase, 'a pox upon it,' but is considerably more decorous."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for doggone



(also doggoned or daggoned or dagnabbed) Wretched; nasty; silly: This doggone thing's busted (1860+)


: They left here doggone fast (1871+)


(also doggone it or daggone it or dagnab it) An exclamation of disappointment, irritation, frustration, etc; dang, darn: Doggone it, leave me be! (1851+)

[probably a euphemism for God damn]

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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