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[dawg-gawn, -gon, dog-] /ˈdɔgˈgɔn, -ˈgɒn, ˈdɒg-/ Informal.
verb (used with object), doggoned, doggoning.
to damn:
Doggone your silly advice!
adjective, superlative doggonest.
Also, doggoned. damned; confounded:
a doggone fool; Well, I'll be doggoned.
Also, doggoned. damned:
He's a doggone poor sport.
Origin of doggone
1850-55, Americanism; perhaps from dog on it! euphemistic alteration of God damned Unabridged
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Examples from the web for doggone
  • Now these are some doggone fashionable runway models, especially when it's for charity.
  • The reason why there was only one that was done is because it was such a doggone tough program.
  • But if they do not return and they stay here illegally, doggone it, they shouldn't be.
  • People don't make gods out of porpoise, but they come pretty doggone close to it.
  • The doggone consistency, familiarity and sure-as-the-setting-sun dependability.
  • Despite his best efforts, doggone it, it turned out that he had the wrong guys.
British Dictionary definitions for doggone


an exclamation of annoyance, disappointment, etc
adjective, adverb (prenominal)
Also doggoned another word for damn (sense 3), damn (sense 4)
Word Origin
C19: euphemism for God damn
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Word Origin and History for doggone

1851, American English, a "fantastic perversion of god-damned" [Weekley]. But Mencken favors the theory that it is "a blend form of dog on it; in fact it is still often used with it following. It is thus a brother to the old English phrase, 'a pox upon it,' but is considerably more decorous."

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Slang definitions & phrases for doggone



(also doggoned or daggoned or dagnabbed) Wretched; nasty; silly: This doggone thing's busted (1860+)


: They left here doggone fast (1871+)


(also doggone it or daggone it or dagnab it) An exclamation of disappointment, irritation, frustration, etc; dang, darn: Doggone it, leave me be! (1851+)

[probably a euphemism for God damn]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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