Definition of doggerel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɒɡ(ə)r(ə)l/


[mass noun]
1Comic verse composed in irregular rhythm: [as modifier]: doggerel verses
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  • All the performers wore cloth caps, in token of the proletarian poet whose doggerel verses about the Tay Bridge and its collapse in 1879 provided the work's text.
  • At that time the eighteen-year-old Victoria's feminine virules of sympathy and beauty were proclaimed in doggerel verse to the street ballad-reading public.
  • Afterwards, he sits on the city hall steps reciting doggerel verses on the vagaries of the day's decisions.
1.1Verse or words that are badly written or expressed: the last stanza deteriorates into doggerel
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  • This is the type of truly bad language-mangling doggerel written by old ladies that appears on the letters pages of local newspapers.
  • Most of the work was amateurish - ridiculous doggerel written by unskilled poets.
  • I was writing po-mo doggerel at the age of 12, in a way.


Late Middle English (as an adjective describing such verse): apparently from dog (used contemptuously, as in dog Latin) + -rel.

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