damnedest

[ dam-dist ]
/ ˈdæm dɪst /
Informal.
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adjective

most amazing or extraordinary.

noun

best; utmost: They did their damnedest to finish on time.

Origin of damnedest

First recorded in 1820–30; damned + -est1

Definition for damnedest (2 of 2)

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.

Origin of damned

First recorded in 1350–1400, damned is from the Middle English word dam(p)ned. See damn, -ed2
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British Dictionary definitions for damnedest (1 of 2)

damnedest

/ (ˈdæmdɪst) /

noun

informal utmost; best (esp in the phrases do or try one's damnedest)

British Dictionary definitions for damnedest (2 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)
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Word Origin and History for damnedest

damnedest


adj.

also damndest, originally damnedst, 1830, superlative of damned (see damn).

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