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[daw-ger-uh l, dog-er-] /ˈdɔ gər əl, ˈdɒg ər-/
  1. comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure.
  2. rude; crude; poor.
doggerel verse.
Also, doggrel
[daw-gruh l, dog-ruh l] /ˈdɔ grəl, ˈdɒg rəl/ (Show IPA)
1350-1400; Middle English; see dog, -rel; cf. dog Latin Unabridged
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  • His doggerel and sharp comments at these events were always enjoyed by the audience.
British Dictionary definitions for doggerel


  1. comic verse, usually irregular in measure
  2. (as modifier): a doggerel rhythm
nonsense; drivel
Word Origin
C14 dogerel worthless, perhaps from doggedog
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Word Origin and History for doggerel

late 14c. (adj.); 1630s (n.), probably from dog + pejorative suffix -rel and applied to bad poetry perhaps with a suggestion of puppyish clumsiness, or being fit only for dogs. Attested as a surname from mid-13c., but the sense is not evident.

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Encyclopedia Article for doggerel

a low, or trivial, form of verse, loosely constructed and often irregular, but effective because of its simple mnemonic rhyme and loping metre. It appears in most literatures and societies as a useful form for comedy and satire. It is characteristic of children's game rhymes from ancient times to the present and of most nursery rhymes.

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