damned

[ damd ]
/ dæmd /

adjective, superlative damned·est, damnd·est.

condemned or doomed, especially to eternal punishment: the wailing of damned souls.
detestable; loathsome: Get that damned dog out of here!
complete; absolute; utter: a damned nuisance; a damned fool.
Informal. extraordinary; amazing: It was the damnedest thing I'd ever seen.

noun

the damned, those condemned to suffer eternal punishment.

adverb

extremely; very; absolutely: a damned good singer; too damned lazy.

Idioms

    damned well, Informal. certainly or without doubt; emphatically: You damned well better say you're sorry!Also damn well.

Origin of damned

First recorded in 1350–1400, damned is from the Middle English word dam(p)ned. See damn, -ed2

Definition for damned (2 of 2)

Origin of damn

1250–1300; Middle English dam(p)nen < Old French dam(p)ner < Latin damnāre to condemn, derivative of damnum damage, fine, harm

Related forms

damn·er, nounpre·damn, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for damned (1 of 2)

damned

/ (dæmd) /

adjective

  1. condemned to hell
  2. (as noun)the damned

adverb, adjective slang

(intensifier)a damned good try; a damned liar; I should damned well think so!
used to indicate amazement, disavowal, or refusal (in such phrases as I'll be damned and damned if I care)

British Dictionary definitions for damned (2 of 2)

Word Origin for damn

C13: from Old French dampner, from Latin damnāre to injure, condemn, from damnum loss, injury, penalty
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Idioms and Phrases with damned

damn


In addition to the idioms beginning with damn

  • damned if I do, damned if I don't
  • damn well
  • damn with faint praise

also see:

  • do one's damnedest
  • give a damn
  • not worth a dime (tinker's damn)
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