doggerel

[daw-ger-uhl, dog-er-]
adjective
1.
a.
comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure.
b.
rude; crude; poor.
noun
2.
doggerel verse.
Also, doggrel [daw-gruhl, dog-ruhl] .


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see dog, -rel; cf. dog Latin

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doggerel or dogrel (ˈdɒɡərəl, ˈdɒɡrəl)
 
n
1.  a.  comic verse, usually irregular in measure
 b.  (as modifier): a doggerel rhythm
2.  nonsense; drivel
 
[C14 dogerel worthless, perhaps from doggedog]
 
dogrel or dogrel
 
n
 
[C14 dogerel worthless, perhaps from doggedog]

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doggerel
1277 (as a surname, 1249), the root word probably from dog, applied to bad poetry perhaps with a suggestion of puppyish clumsiness, or being only fit for dogs.
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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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