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[damd] /dæmd/
adjective, superlative damnedest, damndest.
condemned or doomed, especially to eternal punishment:
the wailing of damned souls.
detestable; loathsome:
Get that damned dog out of here!
complete; absolute; utter:
a damned nuisance; a damned fool.
Informal. extraordinary; amazing:
It was the damnedest thing I'd ever seen.
the damned, those condemned to suffer eternal punishment.
extremely; very; absolutely:
a damned good singer; too damned lazy.
damned well, Informal. certainly or without doubt; emphatically:
You damned well better say you're sorry!
Also, damn well.
Origin of damned
1350-1400; Middle English dam(p)ned. See damn, -ed2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He's a wise old bird and if he's worried about something it's damn well worth lookin' into.

    The Great Dome on Mercury Arthur Leo Zagat
  • That orchestra could certainly play jazz; it could play it too damn well.

    The Plastic Age Percy Marks
  • “They do you damn well here,” he said, coming up to her with his glass in his hand.

    The Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • If you think you're going out now, you're damn well mistaken.

    The Lamp in the Desert Ethel M. Dell
  • "You damn well go yourself, mister," was the reply he got; which showed the state of nerves aboard.

British Dictionary definitions for damn well


  1. condemned to hell
  2. (as noun): the damned
adverb, adjective (slang)
(intensifier): a damned good try, a damned liar, I should damned well think so!
used to indicate amazement, disavowal, or refusal (in such phrases as I'll be damned and damned if I care)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for damn well

damn well


Certainly; definitely: you know damn well I have to work (1941+)


Related Terms

i'll be damned

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with damn well

damn well

Also, damned well. Certainly, without doubt; emphatically. For example, You damn well better improve your grades, or I know damned well that he's leaving me out. The damn in this phrase is mainly an intensifier.
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