follow Dictionary.com

Fiancé or fiancée? What's the difference?

doggerel

[daw-ger-uh l, dog-er-] /ˈdɔ gər əl, ˈdɒg ər-/
adjective
1.
  1. comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure.
  2. rude; crude; poor.
noun
2.
doggerel verse.
Also, doggrel
[daw-gruh l, dog-ruh l] /ˈdɔ grəl, ˈdɒg rəl/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin of doggerel
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see dog, -rel; cf. dog Latin
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for doggrel

doggerel

/ˈdɒɡərəl/
noun
1.
  1. comic verse, usually irregular in measure
  2. (as modifier): a doggerel rhythm
2.
nonsense; drivel
Word Origin
C14 dogerel worthless, perhaps from doggedog
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for doggrel

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for doggerel

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for doggrel

10
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for doggrel