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[daw-ger-uh l, dog-er-] /ˈdɔ gər əl, ˈdɒg ər-/
  1. comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure.
  2. rude; crude; poor.
doggerel verse.
Also, doggrel
[daw-gruh l, dog-ruh l] /ˈdɔ grəl, ˈdɒg rəl/ (Show IPA)
Origin of doggerel
1350-1400; Middle English; see dog, -rel; cf. dog Latin Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for doggrel
Historical Examples
  • Then the doggrel letter-press, to explain what wanted no explanation.

  • They are not, indeed, the only doggrel unjustly fathered upon him.

    English Pictures Samuel Manning
  • Bathing in Loch Fyne the next morning, he got horribly bitten by gad-flies, and vented his smart in a set of doggrel rhymes.

    Life of John Keats Sidney Colvin
  • Sternhold and Hopkins, of whom such honourable mention has been made above, were illustrious as doggrel writers.

  • The story went abroad in the shape of a ballad with doggrel rhymes.

  • Sometimes a doggrel song is sung, while "Ball" prances about and snaps at the company.

    Lancashire Folk-lore John Harland
  • Elderton appears to have ceased pouring forth his doggrel about the time that Deloney began to write.

  • The facility of doggrel merely of itself could not have yielded the exuberance of his humour and the mordacity of his satire.

    Amenities of Literature

    Isaac Disraeli
  • Bathing in Loch Fyne the next morning, he got horribly bitten by gadflies, and vented his smart in a set of doggrel rhymes.

    Keats Sidney Colvin
  • Could he marry his cousin amidst the trumpets, and the halo, and the doggrel poetry which would abound?

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for doggrel


  1. comic verse, usually irregular in measure
  2. (as modifier): a doggerel rhythm
nonsense; drivel
Word Origin
C14 dogerel worthless, perhaps from doggedog
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Word Origin and History for doggrel


late 14c. (adj.); 1630s (n.), probably from dog + pejorative suffix -rel and applied to bad poetry perhaps with a suggestion of puppyish clumsiness, or being fit only for dogs. Attested as a surname from mid-13c., but the sense is not evident.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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