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[dawg-gawnd, -gond, dog-] /ˈdɔgˈgɔnd, -ˈgɒnd, ˈdɒg-/
adjective, superlative doggonedest, adverb


[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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Examples from the Web for doggoned
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  • If it was anybody else I'd say it was crazy, but you're such a doggoned hellion of a go-getter mebbe you can put it over.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • That's more important than this doggoned experience you and Skinner prate so much about.

    The Go-Getter Peter B. Kyne
  • "doggoned if somebody else hain't been drawin' a bead on trees," he said, looking into Si's startled face.

  • If I'd known I was going to lose the use o' myself like this, I wouldn't ha' been so doggoned keen about my friend leavin' me.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Wall, I guess yeu'll be pretty considerable surprised—tarnation surprised, doggoned if you won't.

  • He further inquired "what they wanted to hev sech a doggoned mis'able word as thet on a ring fur?"

  • doggoned thirsty bunch out here—won't stir a foot till they sample that wine!

  • He's so doggoned quick he'd have caught me, if it hadn't been for that blessed gleam in his eyes.

    The Price of the Prairie Margaret Hill McCarter
  • Me, I've had buck-ague for most three hours expecting that doggoned holdup to blow the roof of my head off.

    Steve Yeager William MacLeod Raine
  • And he's goin' to find out right now that it ain't no use to bring any doggoned teacher up here to teach this outfit.

    Hope Hathaway Frances Parker
British Dictionary definitions for doggoned


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 doggoned



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 doggoned



(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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