- to damn: Doggone your silly advice!
- Also doggoned. damned; confounded: a doggone fool; Well, I'll be doggoned.
- Also doggoned. damned: He's a doggone poor sport.
Origin of doggone
Examples from the Web for doggoned
Historical Examples of doggoned
Stop it I say—would you kill a feller just for a doggoned old cooter?The Southerner
That's more important than this doggoned experience you and Skinner prate so much about.The Go-Getter
Peter B. Kyne
If I'd known I was going to lose the use o' myself like this, I wouldn't ha' been so doggoned keen about my friend leavin' me.Bunch Grass
Horace Annesley Vachell
Wall, I guess yeu'll be pretty considerable surprised—tarnation surprised, doggoned if you won't.
The better you are, the greater attraction youll be for this joint, for good ladies are doggoned scarce on the Isthmus.Droll Stories of Isthmian Life
- an exclamation of annoyance, disappointment, etc
Word Origin 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."