Definition of doggone in English:



informal attributive
  • Used to express feelings of annoyance, surprise, or pleasure.

    ‘now just a doggone minute’
    as submodifier ‘it's doggone good to be home’
    • ‘Wait a doggone minute!’
    • ‘This 1953 effort isn't a complete waste of time, but it comes doggone close.’
    • ‘Flood their doggone offices with requests to do something.’
    • ‘These two people need to sit in a room together and make a doggone decision right now.’
    • ‘And when you do that, you had doggone well better win.’
    • ‘Our technology correspondent joins us live with a look at some of the best doggone gadgets he could find.’
    • ‘That's why this arrest and this capture is so doggone important.’
    • ‘According to them, these are, if not the best of times, pretty doggone good times about which you'd have to be a fool to complain.’
    • ‘And that's what it's all about, and that's why this vote in Florida is so doggone important.’
    • ‘I've cut my feet chasing some of those doggone chickens.’
    • ‘I travel around the country, and there's a common sentiment - the tax code is too doggone complicated.’
    • ‘My birthday present came early this year, and since you seemed so doggone interested, I'm going to tell you all about it!’
    • ‘She speaks with uncanny timing in the most doggone delicious accent, and sings with irresistible sorcery.’
    • ‘The schedule might appear impressive if it weren't so doggone reckless.’
    • ‘My Pontiac wasn't just fast every once in a while; it was fast every doggone time down the racetrack.’
    • ‘If you'd stop spending all your money on cheap tank tops, you wouldn't be so doggone broke.’
    • ‘As before, her charm and doggone friendliness manipulate everyone to her way of thinking.’
    • ‘You know, that's what makes politics so doggone interesting.’
    • ‘That is probably what made her so doggone successful there in the loan office.’
    • ‘We're able to stop and change direction pretty doggone quick here.’
    complete, total, utter


[with object]informal
  • Damn; darn (used to express surprise, irritation, or anger)

    ‘from that moment, doggone it if I didn't see a motivation in Joey!’
    ‘I'll be doggoned if every fourth kid is affected’
    • ‘But I'll be doggoned if I hear either man talking in concrete terms about specifics and the real issues that are going to affect the future of the country.’
    • ‘I'll cut down on meat, but I'll be doggoned if I'll freeze to death in my own living room.’
    • ‘Today I'll be walking around saying ‘I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!’’
    • ‘And doggone it, I can't get that song out of my head.’
    • ‘And doggone it this sounds rapprochement to me.’
    • ‘And doggone it, when I go to the trouble of breaking my diet and walking to McDonald's, I want real McDonald's food.’
    • ‘When is this thing going to stop, man, doggone it.’
    • ‘But, doggone it, sometimes it seems as if nobody cares.’
    • ‘He's smart enough and doggone it, I really really like him.’
    • ‘And doggone it if I didn't go running to his enveloping arms.’
    • ‘It looks much better to advertisers - our readers are smarter, prettier and doggone it, people just like them.’
    • ‘By the end of watching the locker-room scenes, if you are not a fan of his postgame victory call and response, well, doggone it, you just aren't much fun.’
    • ‘And, doggone it, we can't find an easy game against an expansion team anymore.’
    • ‘‘As I tell little girls and little boys all the time, you've got to dare to dream because, doggone it, it could come true,’ Renshaw says.’
    • ‘Get a dog and - doggone it - there goes the garden.’
    • ‘O'Reilly's working real hard here, but, doggone it, he just can't figure out why the thinking world was so upset by the publication of Meyer's paper.’
    • ‘But doggone it, those little crinkles do appear with age!’
    • ‘But, doggone it, I think Casey has the right idea.’


Early 19th century probably from dog on it, euphemism for God damn it.