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doggone

[dawg-gawn, -gon, dog-] /ˈdɔgˈgɔn, -ˈgɒn, ˈdɒg-/ Informal.
verb (used with object), doggoned, doggoning.
1.
to damn:
Doggone your silly advice!
adjective, superlative doggonest.
2.
Also, doggoned. damned; confounded:
a doggone fool; Well, I'll be doggoned.
adverb
3.
Also, doggoned. damned:
He's a doggone poor sport.
Origin of doggone
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; perhaps from dog on it! euphemistic alteration of God damned
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  • doggone it, a bachelor never has any such a man-trap around in a fellow's road.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • "doggone it, they must have left here in a hurry," grumbled Jim.

  • doggone it, I want you to know there was no darned luck about it!

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • I let him hang around, because he was so doggone interested.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • doggone it, Foster, youve got to hand it to a guy like that!

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • “Too doggone cold to sit in the stand today, anyway,” Barry said.

  • Well, sir, it can draw a conveyance, but its doggone poor at it.

    Cursed

    George Allan England
  • Youre company, I know, but theres some things that goes too doggone fur.

    Cursed

    George Allan England
  • doggone it, Freddy, the thing is just too open and shut, as far as we're concerned.

    Dave Dawson at Truk Robert Sydney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for doggone

doggone

/ˈdɒɡɒn/
interjection
1.
an exclamation of annoyance, disappointment, etc
adjective, adverb (prenominal)
2.
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
adj.

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."

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Slang definitions & phrases for doggone

doggone

adjective

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

adverb

: They left here doggone fast (1871+)

interjection

(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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