- comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure.
- rude; crude; poor.
Examples from the Web for doggerel
And people were found to believe in this doggerel—especially frightened were the Irish in London, and the lower classes generally.Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign|John Ashton
No doubt, when the Songs of Innocence were first published, anyone who did happen to read them thought them doggerel.Essays on Art|A. Clutton-Brock
And you yourself, Vorski, for the last time listen to the doggerel of Brother Thomas!The Secret of Sarek|Maurice Leblanc
One noticeable feature in this type of ware is its inscriptions, written in doggerel, always of a pious nature.Chats on Old Earthenware|Arthur Hayden
This Kailash used to rattle off for my special delectation a doggerel ballad of his own composition.My Reminiscences|Rabindranath Tagore
British Dictionary definitions for doggerel
- comic verse, usually irregular in measure
- (as modifier)a doggerel rhythm
Word Origin for doggerel
Word Origin and History for doggerel
late 14c. (adj.); 1630s (n.), probably from dog + pejorative suffix -rel and applied to bad poetry perhaps with a suggestion of puppyish clumsiness, or being fit only for dogs. Attested as a surname from mid-13c., but the sense is not evident.