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[daw-ger-uh l, dog-er-]
  1. (of verse)
    1. comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure.
    2. rude; crude; poor.
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  1. doggerel verse.
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Also dog·grel [daw-gruh l, dog-ruh l] /ˈdɔ grəl, ˈdɒg rəl/.

Origin of doggerel

1350–1400; Middle English; see dog, -rel; cf. dog Latin
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Historical Examples

  • Then the doggrel letter-press, to explain what wanted no explanation.

    The Life Of George Cruikshank, Vol. I. (of II)

    Blanchard Jerrold

  • They are not, indeed, the only doggrel unjustly fathered upon him.

    English Pictures

    Samuel Manning

  • Bathing in Loch Fyne the next morning, he got horribly bitten by gad-flies, and vented his smart in a set of doggrel rhymes.

    Life of John Keats

    Sidney Colvin

  • Sternhold and Hopkins, of whom such honourable mention has been made above, were illustrious as Doggrel writers.

  • The story went abroad in the shape of a ballad with doggrel rhymes.

British Dictionary definitions for doggrel


dogrel (ˈdɒɡrəl)

    1. comic verse, usually irregular in measure
    2. (as modifier)a doggerel rhythm
  1. nonsense; drivel
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Word Origin

C14 dogerel worthless, perhaps from dogge dog
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Word Origin and History for doggrel


late 14c. (adj.); 1630s (n.), probably from dog + pejorative suffix -rel and applied to bad poetry perhaps with a suggestion of puppyish clumsiness, or being fit only for dogs. Attested as a surname from mid-13c., but the sense is not evident.

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