or god·dam

[god-dam]Informal: Sometimes Offensive.
  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.
  1. damned(def 2).
  1. damned.
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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Examples from the Web for goddamn

Historical Examples of goddamn

  • Goddamn it, Taber, just what in blazes is going on around here?

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

  • An outburst consisted of his suddenly springing to his feet with a scowl and announcing: "Goddamn it, I don't belong here!"

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

British Dictionary definitions for goddamn


interjection Also: God damn
  1. an oath expressing anger, surprise, etc
adverb Also: goddam, goddam, goddamned
  1. (intensifier)a goddamn fool
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Word Origin and History for goddamn

late 14c., from god + damn.

Mais, fussent-ils [les anglais] cent mille Goddem de plus qu'a present, ils n'auront pas ce royaume. [Joan of Arc, 1431, quoted in Prosper de Barante's "Histoire des ducs de Bourgogne"]

Goddammes was the nickname given by Puritans to Cavaliers, in consequence of the latter's supposed frequent employment of that oath.

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