dog·​ged ˈdȯ-gəd How to pronounce dogged (audio)
: marked by stubborn determination
a dogged competitor
dogged devotion
doggedly adverb
doggedness noun
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obstinate, dogged, stubborn, pertinacious, mulish mean fixed and unyielding in course or purpose.

obstinate implies usually an unreasonable persistence.

an obstinate proponent of conspiracy theories

dogged suggests an admirable often tenacious and unwavering persistence.

pursued the story with dogged perseverance

stubborn implies sturdiness in resisting change which may or may not be admirable.

a person too stubborn to admit error

pertinacious suggests an annoying or irksome persistence.

a pertinacious salesclerk refusing to take no for an answer

mulish implies a thoroughly unreasonable obstinacy.

a mulish determination to have his own way

Example Sentences

Her dogged efforts eventually paid off. a dogged pursuit of power
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Word History


see dog entry 1

First Known Use

1700, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dogged was in 1700

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“Dogged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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dog·​ged ˈdȯ-gəd How to pronounce dogged (audio)
: stubbornly determined : tenacious
in dogged pursuit of power
doggedly adverb
doggedness noun

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