[god-damd]Informal: Sometimes Offensive.

adjective, superlative god·damned·est or god·damnd·est.

(especially in the superlative) unusually difficult to deal with; extremely complicated or peculiar.


Also goddamn, god·dam.

Origin of goddamned

First recorded in 1915–20; God + damned


or god·dam

[god-dam]Informal: Sometimes Offensive.


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


the utterance of “goddamn” in swearing or for emphasis.
something of negligible value; damn: not to give a good goddamn.



verb (used with object)

to curse (someone or something) as being contemptible or worthless; damn.

verb (used without object)

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 goddamned

Historical Examples of goddamned

  • Goddamned marketing people had the collective morals of a snake.


    Cory Doctorow

  • (He quenches his cigar angrily on Bloom's ear) Where's that Goddamned cursed ashtray?


    James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for goddamned


interjection Also: God damn

an oath expressing anger, surprise, etc

adverb Also: goddam, goddam, goddamned

(intensifier)a goddamn fool
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Word Origin and History for goddamned


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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