doggerel

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

adjective

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

noun

doggerel verse.

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Also dog·grel [daw-gruhl, dog-ruhl]. /ˈdɔ grəl, ˈdɒg rəl/.

Origin of doggerel

1350–1400; Middle English; see dog, -rel; cf. dog Latin
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British Dictionary definitions for doggerel

doggerel

dogrel (ˈdɒɡrəl)

/ (ˈdɒɡərəl) /

noun

  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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