[dawg-gawnd, -gond, dog-]
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[dawg-gawn, -gon, dog-]Informal.
verb (used with object), dog·goned, dog·goning.
  1. to damn: Doggone your silly advice!
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

Related Words for doggoned

doggone, dang, cripes, darnation, drat

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

    Thomas Dixon

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for doggoned


  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 doggoned



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper