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[daw-gid, dog-id] /ˈdɔ gɪd, ˈdɒg ɪd/
persistent in effort; stubbornly tenacious:
a dogged worker.
Origin of dogged1
1275-1325; Middle English: having characteristics of a dog; see dog, -ed3
Related forms
doggedly, adverb
doggedness, noun
mulish, inflexible, unyielding. See stubborn. Unabridged
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  • He has guided a mighty ocean liner doggedly into a troubled sea.
  • Even if you were doggedly self-motivated, it was impossible to develop your scholarly methods in a conscientious manner.
  • She sticks so doggedly to her speaking notes that she has been known to read out background material.
  • Civil liberties and privacy groups are doggedly attempting to repeal the law before it takes effect next year.
  • Despite scant recognition of his art, he doggedly paints away in a tiny at-home studio to the end of his days.
  • It is plainly difficult for him to speak, but he is doggedly eloquent.
  • Howls were heard from opponents who have doggedly fought the plan for years.
  • Prosecutors doggedly persecuted him and denied him his day in court.
  • Veterans of the cold war are still doggedly pursuing their own service medal.
  • Many people cannot do this, they will persist doggedly in their chosen tasks blinkered to other discoveries on the way.
British Dictionary definitions for doggedly


obstinately determined; wilful or tenacious
Derived Forms
doggedly, adverb
doggedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for doggedly



"having the qualities of a dog" (mostly in a negative sense), c.1300, from dog (n.). Meaning "persistent" is from 1779. Hence doggedly (late 14c.), "cruelly, maliciously;" later "with a dog's persistence" (1773). Related: Doggedness.

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