[ daw-ger-uh l, dog-er- ]
/ ˈdɔ gər əl, ˈdɒg ər- /


(of verse)
  1. comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure.
  2. rude; crude; poor.


doggerel verse.
Also dog·grel [daw-gruh l, dog-ruh l] /ˈdɔ grəl, ˈdɒg rəl/.

Origin of doggerel

1350–1400; Middle English; see dog, -rel; cf. dog Latin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for doggerel


dogrel (ˈdɒɡrəl)

/ (ˈdɒɡərəl) /


  1. comic verse, usually irregular in measure
  2. (as modifier)a doggerel rhythm
nonsense; drivel

Word Origin for doggerel

C14 dogerel worthless, perhaps from dogge dog
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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.

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