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dog·​gone ˈdäg-ˈgän How to pronounce doggone (audio)
doggoned; doggoning
: damn


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adjective or adverb

variants or doggoned
ˈdäg-ˈgän(d) How to pronounce doggone (audio)
: damned


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: damn

Examples of doggone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Patients may reduce calorie consumption by up to 30 percent, largely because food stops being so doggone important. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2023 You're doggone cute. Ni'kesia Pannell, Woman's Day, 3 Jan. 2023 Fines are issued by law enforcement, doggone it. Frank Fellone, Arkansas Online, 6 Mar. 2021 It's doggone delicious! Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2021 It’s doggone inconvenient to eat because of all those mystery bones. Ben Flanagan |, al, 20 Nov. 2020 And as Coach Lasso might say, you’re doggone right that pun is intended. Kristen Baldwin,, 3 Aug. 2020 And, by all appearances, he was doggone happy to be here. Don Williams,, 29 June 2020 So, for our furry friends, at least, 2020 has been, well, doggone fun. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2020
Adjective or adverb
Even his doggone mama and her sister were getting in on the attention. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 26 Sep. 2023 But first, a doggone sweet story: Meet Matilda, a puppy who fought her way back from death's door with a little help from her new friend and canine protector, Alvin. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 16 May 2023 Looking for a doggone inspiring travel story? Matt Pawlik, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 That’s a doggone good question. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 31 July 2021 The guy’s a doggone good back, and he’s just got to wait for his shot., 14 Sep. 2021 The Chargers are in a doggone playoff push thanks, again, to the shove from their most valuable player. Jay Paris, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 This is the fifth time my name has been on the ballot in less than two years for the same doggone job. NBC News, 4 Dec. 2022 Lord knows there are a lot of guys that look just like me that actually can do a doggone good job in this seat. al, 25 Nov. 2022
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

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Word History



euphemism for God damn

First Known Use


1819, in the meaning defined above

Adjective Or Adverb

1850, in the meaning defined above


1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of doggone was in 1819

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“Doggone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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