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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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  • "It was as good as suicide," insisted the General, with doggedness.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • And yet, somehow, the British doggedness does not always answer.

    The Christmas Books William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The sinister look in the eyes, the doggedness of the face did not change.

  • “I want to do it,” replied Miss Ramsbotham, a note of doggedness in her voice.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • He was then so near home that the impulse of doggedness kept him on foot.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • Never would his foes have opened the doors of their own doggedness of Purpose.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
British Dictionary definitions for doggedness


obstinately determined; wilful or tenacious
Derived Forms
doggedly, adverb
doggedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for doggedness



"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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