- most amazing or extraordinary.
- best; utmost: They did their damnedest to finish on time.
Origin of damnedest
- 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.
- the damned, those condemned to suffer eternal punishment.
- extremely; very; absolutely: a damned good singer; too damned lazy.
- damned well, Informal. certainly or without doubt; emphatically: You damned well better say you're sorry!Also damn well.
Origin of damned
Related Wordsdarned, lousy, reprobate, infernal, lost, confounded, doomed, blessed, bloody, cursed, bad, accursed, blooming, revolting, condemned, blasted, cussed, darn, damnable, despicable
Examples from the Web for damnedest
"We do our damnedest to produce things with some sense of continuity," David says of the Dodgers.New York’s Greatest Show Or How They Did Not Screw Up ‘Guys and Dolls’
April 6, 2014
I did my damnedest to argue that he ought to instead work with me.‘The Finish’: Mark Bowden on the Hunt for Osama bin Laden
October 15, 2012
From the first note to the last, he kept his cool and tried his damnedest to entertain those who cared to listen.Doc Watson, a Legendary Picker, Was Traditional Music’s Best Ambassador
May 30, 2012
Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman did their damnedest to find out Monday.Gingrich Wins Another One in Sleepy ‘Debate’ With Huntsman
December 13, 2011
Isn't that just about the damnedest thing you ever saw, Professor?The Leech
They'd speak up, and do their damnedest to save their friend.Security
Poul William Anderson
"I'll be gosh-darned ef that ain't the damnedest," said he, slowly.Earth's Enigmas
Charles G. D. Roberts
What's left of it is the damnedest mess of goldbergery I ever saw.A Slave is a Slave
Henry Beam Piper
Are you the damnedest fool or the biggest scoundrel out of jail?The Lady Doc
- informal utmost; best (esp in the phrases do or try one's damnedest)
- condemned to hell
- (as noun)the damned
- (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)
Word Origin and History for damnedest
also damndest, originally damnedst, 1830, superlative of damned (see damn).