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

Definition of dogged

: marked by stubborn determination a dogged competitor dogged devotion

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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 Emefiele is known in Nigeria for his dogged defense of the naira, sometimes to counterproductive ends. Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 30 Sep. 2021 Shanahan, a modestly talented walk-on wide receiver at Texas who willed his way to a scholarship, hailed Sherfield’s dogged mindset in training camp. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Sep. 2021 Abbott’s dogged pursuit of conservative priorities comes as the two-term Republican prepares to face off against primary challengers for the first time next year. Cayla Harris, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Sep. 2021 The man leading them is Ahmad Massoud, the 32-year-old son of storied mujahedeen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, stepping into his father’s footsteps 20 years after his death to pick up his dogged fight against the Taliban., 25 Aug. 2021 Since 1988, a dogged and very expensive international campaign has chased polio from most of the world. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, 25 Aug. 2021 There was audio of a dogged reporter with a distinctive voice cleverly asking a question that got head coach Mike McCarthy to divulge that quarterback Dak Prescott wouldn’t play in the third pre-season game against the Texans. David Moore, Dallas News, 25 Aug. 2021 Against all odds, Afghan cinema slowly blossomed in the past decade, led in large part by the efforts of a handful of dogged women. Rebecca Davis, Variety, 19 Aug. 2021 The Taliban’s sweeping, concluding military offensive was just the final push of a dogged, homegrown insurgency that was years in the making. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Aug. 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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“Dogged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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