[dawg-gawn, -gon, dog-]Informal.
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adjective, superlative dog·gon·est.
  1. Also doggoned. damned; confounded: a doggone fool; Well, I'll be doggoned.
  1. Also doggoned. damned: He's a doggone poor sport.

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. 2018

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  1. an exclamation of annoyance, disappointment, etc
adjective, adverb (prenominal)
  1. 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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