What does doggerel mean?

Definitions for doggerelˈdɔ gər əl, ˈdɒg ər-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. doggerel, doggerel verse, jingle(noun)

    a comic verse of irregular measure

    "he had heard some silly doggerel that kept running through his mind"


  1. doggerel(Noun)

    A doggerel poem or verse.

  2. doggerel(Adjective)

    Of a crude or irregular construction. (Originally applied to humorous verse, but now to verse lacking artistry or meaning.)

  3. doggerel(Adjective)

    a comic or humorous verse, usually irregular in measure

Webster Dictionary

  1. Doggerel(adj)

    low in style, and irregular in measure; as, doggerel rhymes

  2. Doggerel(noun)

    a sort of loose or irregular verse; mean or undignified poetry

  3. Origin: [OE. dogerel.]


  1. Doggerel

    Doggerel is a derogatory term for verse considered of little literary value. The word probably derived from dog, suggesting either ugliness, puppyish clumsiness, or unpalatability. "Doggerel" is attested to have been used as an adjective since the fourteenth century and a noun since at least 1630.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Doggerel

    dog′ėr-el, n. irregular measures in burlesque poetry, so named in contempt: worthless verses.—adj. irregular in rhythm, mean.—Also Dog′grel. [Usually assumed to be from dog, but no good ground for this.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of doggerel in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of doggerel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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