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doggerel

[daw-ger-uh l, dog-er-] /ˈdɔ gər əl, ˈdɒg ər-/
adjective
1.
  1. comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure.
  2. rude; crude; poor.
noun
2.
doggerel verse.
Also, doggrel
[daw-gruh l, dog-ruh l] /ˈdɔ grəl, ˈdɒg rəl/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of doggerel
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see dog, -rel; cf. dog Latin
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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

doggerel

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

doggerel

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.

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