or god·dam

[ god-dam ]

  1. (used as an exclamation of any strong feeling, especially of disgust or irritation, and often followed by it.)

  1. the utterance of “goddamn” in swearing or for emphasis.

  2. something of negligible value; damn: not to give a good goddamn.

verb (used with object)
  1. to curse (someone or something) as being contemptible or worthless; damn.

verb (used without object)
  1. to use the word “goddamn”; swear.

Origin of goddamn

1400–50; late Middle English. See God, damn

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How to use goddamn in a sentence

  • "Who in this Goddam joint has a drink," she called as she rose from the table.

    Hookers | Richard F. Mann
  • I heard a policeman in this area along here make a remark, "Oh, goddam," or something like that.

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for goddamn


/ (ˈɡɒdˈdæm) informal, mainly US and Canadian /

interjectionAlso: God damn
  1. an oath expressing anger, surprise, etc

adverbAlso: goddam, goddam, goddamned
  1. (intensifier): a goddamn fool

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