[ dawg-gawn, -gon, dog- ]
/ ˈdɔgˈgɔn, -ˈgɒn, ˈdɒg- /

verb (used with object), dog·goned, dog·goning.

to damn: Doggone your silly advice!

adjective, superlative dog·gon·est.

Also doggoned. damned; confounded: a doggone fool; Well, I'll be doggoned.


Also doggoned. damned: He's a doggone poor sport.

Nearby words

  1. doggie,
  2. dogging,
  3. doggish,
  4. doggishly,
  5. doggo,
  6. doggoned,
  7. doggy,
  8. doggy bag,
  9. doggy paddle,
  10. doghanged

Origin of doggone

1850–55, Americanism; perhaps from dog on it! euphemistic alteration of God damned Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for doggone


/ (ˈdɒɡɒn) US and Canadian informal /


an exclamation of annoyance, disappointment, etc

adjective, adverb (prenominal)

Also: doggoned another word for damn (def. 3), damn (def. 4)

Word Origin for doggone

C19: euphemism for God damn

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Word Origin and History for doggone



1851, American English, a "fantastic perversion of god-damned" [Weekley]. But Mencken favors the theory that it is "a blend form of dog on it; in fact it is still often used with it following. It is thus a brother to the old English phrase, 'a pox upon it,' but is considerably more decorous."

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