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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, 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.


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


    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


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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