dog·​gone | \ ˈdäg-ˈgän How to pronounce doggone (audio) , ˈdȯg-ˈgȯn \
doggoned; doggoning

Definition of doggone

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: damn


adjective or adverb
variants: or doggoned \ ˈdäg-​ˈgän(d) How to pronounce doggone (audio) , ˈdȯg-​ˈgȯn(d) \

Definition of doggone (Entry 2 of 3)

: damned



Definition of doggone (Entry 3 of 3)

: damn

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Synonyms: Adjective or adverb

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Examples of doggone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So, for our furry friends, at least, 2020 has been, well, doggone fun. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb What's the date for getting that boat out of that doggone water? CBS News, 12 May 2022 An adorable, fun-loving collection of doggone glitz. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 6 Oct. 2021 The event is a top entry in our guide to the Southland’s coolest pup-friendly activities, beaches, doggone-fun classes and luxe hotels. Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 Taking pictures of the crime scene with a doggone cell phone? Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 4 Sep. 2021 The Hulu mystery comedy starring Steve Martin, Selena Gomez, and Martin Short will twist and turn in every doggone way, according to EP John Hoffman. Dan Snierson,, 31 Aug. 2021 Léa-Léa’s has so many doggone options for hot dogs. Dallas News, 19 July 2021 Besides, Mullens is so doggone earnest and likable and hard-working. Scott Ostler,, 4 Oct. 2020 From there, the El Paso rescue had to solve the doggone dilemma of transporting the pup nearly 2,000 miles to his new home in Raleigh. Fox News, 10 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Don’t look at me and start believing ‘anybody can make it.’ That’s a doggone lie. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 5 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of doggone


1819, in the meaning defined above

Adjective or adverb

1850, in the meaning defined above


1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for doggone


euphemism for God damn

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“Doggone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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