Definition of doggone in English:


Line breaks: dog|gone
Pronunciation: /ˈdɒgɒn
North American informal


  • Used to express feelings of annoyance, surprise, or pleasure: now just a doggone minute [as submodifier]: it’s doggone good to be home
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    • Wait a doggone minute!
    • This 1953 effort isn't a complete waste of time, but it comes doggone close.
    • Flood their doggone offices with requests to do something.


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  • Damn; darn (used to express surprise, irritation, or anger): from that moment, doggone it if I didn’t see a motivation in Joey! I’ll be doggoned if every fourth kid is affected
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    • But I'll be doggoned if I hear either man talking in concrete terms about specifics and the real issues that are going to affect the future of the country.
    • I'll cut down on meat, but I'll be doggoned if I'll freeze to death in my own living room.
    • Today I'll be walking around saying ‘I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!’


early 19th century: probably from dog on it, euphemism for God damn it.

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