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

Definition of doggone

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: damn
variants: or doggoned \ ˈdäg-​ˈgän(d) How to pronounce doggoned (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 for doggone

Synonyms: Adjective or adverb

accursed (or accurst), blasted, confounded, cotton-picking, cursed (also curst), cussed, damnable, dang, danged, darn (also durn), darned (also durned), deuced, freaking, goddamned (or goddamn), infernal

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or adverb

And if their owners are willing to spend $10 for their pooches to have a nice meal, well, these restaurants are willing to take their money, doggone it. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "These dog-friendly Colorado restaurants have special menus just for your pup," 7 Aug. 2019 But first, a doggone good kid: This little boy didn't want toys for his birthday. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "The Earth cracked wide open in California," 9 July 2019 Afterward, bring your furry pal to the Big D for a doggone great time. Gwen Pratesi, USA TODAY, "Traveling with a furry friend? Check out these pet-friendly road trips across the U.S.," 19 June 2019 On Wednesday, October 25, the Hallmark Channel is getting doggone fancy. Michelle Darrisaw, Southern Living, "Don’t Miss the 2017 Hero Dog Awards on the Hallmark Channel," 18 Oct. 2017

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, "Briefly Noted," 5 Mar. 2018

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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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doggoned if

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English Language Learners Definition of doggone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US, informal + somewhat old-fashioned used as a more polite form of damn



English Language Learners Definition of doggone (Entry 2 of 2)

US, informal + somewhat old-fashioned used as a more polite form of damn

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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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