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doggerel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n doggerel a comic verse of irregular measure "he had heard some silly doggerel that kept running through his mind"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Doggerel A sort of loose or irregular verse; mean or undignified poetry. "Doggerel like that of Hudibras.""The ill-spelt lines of doggerel in which he expressed his reverence for the brave sufferers."
    • a Doggerel Low in style, and irregular in measure; as, doggerel rhymes. "This may well be rhyme doggerel, quod he."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • doggerel An epithet originally given to a kind of loose, irregular measure in burlesque poetry, like that of “Hudibras,” but now more generally applied to mean verses defective alike in sense and in rhythm.
    • n doggerel Burlesque poetry, generally in irregular measure.
    • n doggerel Mean, paltry verses, defective in sense and in rhythm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Doggerel dog′ėr-el irregular measures in burlesque poetry, so named in contempt: worthless verses
    • adj Doggerel irregular in rhythm, mean.—Also Dog′grel
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. dogerel,

Usage

In literature:

The story was set forth in rhyming doggerel.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Of course, we assumed there was one, but we had only that foolish doggerel to prove it.
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
Many of the presents were accompanied by little verses or lines of doggerel, and the reading of these caused much merriment and laughter.
"Patty's Summer Days" by Carolyn Wells
Some of the best poets who have lived wrote mere doggerel when they began.
"The Printer Boy." by William M. Thayer
The authorship of the doggerel lines on his tomb has been attributed to various people.
"Shakespeare's Family" by Mrs. C. C. Stopes
Doggerel verse, I, 341.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
Why in the devil wasn't I taught to write doggerel when I was in college?
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
I often wrote a little doggerel-rhyme to please those who came to the classes.
"Adventures and Recollections" by Bill o'th' Hoylus End
It has been the fashion to call Bunyan's verse doggerel; but no verse is doggerel which has a sincere and rational meaning in it.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
And maybe the rest of the doggerel isn't so far off either.
"Two Thousand Miles Below" by Charles Willard Diffin
Mr. Whittier regarded the verses as doggerel, and expressed his intention of writing something worth while for his youthful admirer.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
Indeed, it would not be possible to find specimens of more miserable doggerel.
"Books and Authors" by Anonymous
A local poet, long since forgotten, was inevitably inspired to preserve the legend in his rustic doggerel.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
Why soften his warning with your doggerel translations.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
She's repeating the Desire as if it were a bit of doggerel.
"A Campfire Girl's Happiness" by Jane L. Stewart
Next to him is the Home Doggerel.
"Yellow-Cap and Other Fairy-Stories For Children" by Julian Hawthorne
I think people were very kind to vote for me at all; it was just silly doggerel.
"The Girl from Arizona" by Nina Rhoades
Dig up your accursed doggerel!
"Stepsons of Light" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
He sang, with accompanying action, some dozen verses of doggerel, remarkable for obscenity and imbecility.
"The Night Side of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Divers bits of doggerel describe their respective merits.
"Trevethlan: Volume 1" by William Davy Watson
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In poetry:

EMILY JANE was a nursery maid,
JAMES was a bold Life Guard,
JOHN was a constable, poorly paid
(And I am a doggerel bard).
"Emily, John, James, and I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And JENNY is crying away like mad,
And JIMMY is swearing hard;
And JOHNNY is looking uncommonly glad
(And I am a doggerel bard).
"Emily, John, James, and I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And JIMMY, bad boy, was imprisoned for life,
Though EMILY pleaded hard;
And JOHNNY had EMILY JANE to wife
(And I am a doggerel bard).
"Emily, John, James, and I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
So for the week I won't disturb
The peace by singing at the curb.
I don't mind that, but oh it's hell
To have my verse called doggerel.
"Pavement Poet" by Robert W Service
Gives thee his little doggerel lay—
One truth I tell, in sorrow tell it,
I'm forc'd to give my verse away,
Because, alas! I cannot sell it.
"To.............: An Impromtu" by Thomas Gent
Girls in town and boys out back,
I've rolled up my little pack,
And on june's chill wintry gales
Sail from pleasant New South Wales.
Ere I go - a doggerel song
To bid the whole caboose "So-long!"
"A Departing Dirge" by Harry Breaker Morant

In news:

I confess that I've always been a doggerel person.
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