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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
Historical Examples
  • Stop it I say—would you kill a feller just for a doggoned old cooter?

    The Southerner Thomas Dixon
  • That's more important than this doggoned experience you and Skinner prate so much about.

    The Go-Getter Peter B. Kyne
  • 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.

  • The better you are, the greater attraction youll be for this joint, for good ladies are doggoned scarce on the Isthmus.

  • Well, sir, I went to Chicago, and hung around that doggoned city fur a week 'r two; but no Lil.

  • 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
  • Since I've been in this doggoned country I've had one or two near things, but this was the nearest.

    The Golden Butterfly Walter Besant
  • During the first day out it is a novelty and after that a monotony—except when it is rough; and then it is a doggoned nuisance.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • He further inquired "what they wanted to hev sech a doggoned mis'able word as thet on a ring fur?"

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."

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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.
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