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[daw-gid, dog-id]
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  1. persistent in effort; stubbornly tenacious: a dogged worker.
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Origin of dogged1

1275–1325; Middle English: having characteristics of a dog; see dog, -ed3
Related formsdog·ged·ly, adverbdog·ged·ness, noun


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  • "It isn't my place to ask questions," retorted Stoliker doggedly.

  • "I ought to find the connection and explode it," repeated Caradoc doggedly.

  • "You can get what satisfaction you like out of it," he said doggedly.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • I expected reproaches and was doggedly prepared to meet them.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Garth listened in silence, and then slunk off doggedly to the smithy.

British Dictionary definitions for doggedly


  1. obstinately determined; wilful or tenacious
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Derived Formsdoggedly, adverbdoggedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for doggedly



"having the qualities of a dog" (mostly in a negative sense), c.1300, from dog (n.). Meaning "persistent" is from 1779. Hence doggedly (late 14c.), "cruelly, maliciously;" later "with a dog's persistence" (1773). Related: Doggedness.

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