dog·​ged | \ ˈdȯ-gəd How to pronounce dogged (audio) \

Definition of dogged

: marked by stubborn determination a dogged competitor dogged devotion

Other Words from dogged

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

Examples of dogged in a Sentence

Her dogged efforts eventually paid off. a dogged pursuit of power
Recent Examples on the Web While his dogged defense has kept him at the NBA level amid early-career shooting struggles, Thursday afforded the opportunity to also play in attack mode on the offensive end. Ira Winderman,, 19 Nov. 2021 The going was a bit dogged, as the path was rocky, relatively steep, and often wet. Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2021 Christiansen’s dogged pursuit of voter fraud claims raised some concerns among his colleagues. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Nov. 2021 As Roberts notes in her catalog essay, this roving lifestyle slowed Mitchell’s productivity, resulting in fewer opportunities to produce work in the dogged manner to which she was accustomed. New York Times, 2 Sep. 2021 The fishing family's no-nonsense, secret-keeping matriarch lied to him at the close of episode 2, and the dogged detective isn't about to let that slide. Matt Cabral,, 28 Oct. 2021 And his campaign received a major boost earlier this month when his friend, Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, shared the Nobel Peace Prize for her dogged battle for press freedom in the Philippines. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 As for the growth of Trader Joe’s, the chain advanced gradually and methodically during Coulombe’s tenure, a testament to his dogged product research and open-minded, adventurous approach to buying and selling food. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 20 Oct. 2021 Some of the Rangers’ investigations offer a textbook example of dogged police work, like the one into the overdose death of James Dean Davis, 42, in the La Salle County jail in 2017. New York Times, 25 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of dogged

1700, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dogged

see dog entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dogged

: having or showing the attitude of a person who wants to do or get something and will not stop trying : stubborn and determined


dog·​ged | \ ˈdȯ-gəd How to pronounce dogged (audio) \

Kids Definition of dogged

: stubbornly determined He continued his dogged search for the truth.

Other Words from dogged

doggedly adverb "And I'm doing it for their sakes," she told herself doggedly — Mary Norton, The Borrowers

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