doggone…dawg gon’

World English Dictionary
doggone (ˈdɒɡɒn)

— interj
1. an exclamation of annoyance, disappointment, etc

— adj , — adv
2. damn another word for damn Also: doggoned

[C19: euphemism for God damn ]

Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd.

[dawg-gawn, -gon, dog-]
verb, -goned, -goning, adjective, superlative -gon·est, adverb Informal .
–verb (used with object)
to damn: Doggone your silly advice!
Also, doggoned. damned; confounded: a doggone fool; Well, I’ll be doggoned.
Also, doggoned. damned: He’s a doggone poor sport.
1850–55, Americanism ; perh. from dog on it! euphemistic alter. of God damned

Word Origin & History

1851, Amer.Eng., a “fantastic perversion of god-damned ” [Weekley]. But Mencken favors the theory that it is “a blend form of dog on it ; in fact it is still often used with it following. It is thus a brother to the old English phrase, ‘a pox upon it,’ but is considerably more decorous.”

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