[ dam ]
/ dæm /
verb (used with object)
to declare (something) to be bad, unfit, invalid, or illegal.
to condemn as a failure: to damn a play.
to bring condemnation upon; ruin.
to doom to eternal punishment or condemn to hell.
to swear at or curse, using the word “damn”: Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!
verb (used without object)
to use the word “damn”; swear.
(used as an expletive to express anger, annoyance, disgust, etc.)
the utterance of “damn” in swearing or for emphasis.
something of negligible value: not worth a damn.
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damn well, Informal. damned(def 7).
damn with faint praise, to praise so moderately as, in effect, to condemn: The critic damned the opera with faint praise when he termed the production adequate.
give a damn, Informal. to care; be concerned; consider as important: You shouldn't give a damn about their opinions.Also give a darn.
Origin of damn
1250–1300; Middle English dam(p)nen < Old French dam(p)ner < Latin damnāre to condemn, derivative of damnum damage, fine, harm
Related formsdamn·er, nounpre·damn, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for give a damn
/ (dæm) /
slang an exclamation of annoyance (often in exclamatory phrases such as damn it! damn you! etc)
informal an exclamation of surprise or pleasure (esp in the exclamatory phrase damn me!)
(prenominal) slang deserving damnation; detestable
adverb, adjective (prenominal)
slang (intensifier)damn fool; a damn good pianist
damn all slang absolutely nothing
verb (mainly tr)
to condemn as bad, worthless, etc
to condemn to eternal damnation
(often passive) to doom to ruin; cause to failthe venture was damned from the start
(also intr) to prove (someone) guiltydamning evidence
to swear (at) using the word damn
as near as damn it British informal as near as possible; very near
damn with faint praise to praise so unenthusiastically that the effect is condemnation
slang something of negligible value; jot (esp in the phrase not worth a damn)
not give a damn informal to be unconcerned; not care
Word Origin for damn
C13: from Old French dampner, from Latin damnāre to injure, condemn, from damnum loss, injury, penalty
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Idioms and Phrases with give a damn (1 of 2)
give a damn
see not give a damn.
Idioms and Phrases with give a damn (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with damn
- damned if I do, damned if I don't
- damn well
- damn with faint praise
- do one's damnedest
- give a damn
- not worth a dime (tinker's damn)
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