[daw-gid, dog-id]


persistent in effort; stubbornly tenacious: a dogged worker.

Origin of dogged

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

Synonyms for dogged Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doggedness

Contemporary Examples of doggedness

Historical Examples of doggedness

  • "It was as good as suicide," insisted the General, with doggedness.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • And yet, somehow, the British doggedness does not always answer.

    The Christmas Books

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • The sinister look in the eyes, the doggedness of the face did not change.

  • “I want to do it,” replied Miss Ramsbotham, a note of doggedness in her voice.

    Tommy and Co.

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • He was then so near home that the impulse of doggedness kept him on foot.

    The Dust Flower

    Basil King

British Dictionary definitions for doggedness



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



"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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