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From Middle English doggedlich, doggetly, doggidly, doggydly; equivalent to dogged +‎ -ly.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdɔɡədli/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɒɡɪdli/
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doggedly (comparative more doggedly, superlative most doggedly)

  1. In a way that is stubbornly persistent.
    • 1820, Washington Irving, “The Early Experiences of Ralph Ringwood”, in The Crayon Papers:
      I grew moody, silent, and unsocial, but studied on doggedly and incessantly.
    • 1906, P. G. Wodehouse, chapter 6, in Love Among the Chickens:
      I continued to pound along doggedly. I was grimly resolute.
    • 1983, Paul Simon, Train in the Distance:
      She was married to someone.
      He was doggedly determined he would get her.
    • 2010 December 9, Ishaan Tharoor, “Obama's Quagmire II: The Economy”, in Time, retrieved 28 April 2014:
      Unemployment hovered doggedly near 10%.
  2. (dated) sullenly, gloomily
    • 1785, James Boswell, The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D.:
      'Nay,' said Dr Johnson, 'a man may write at any time, if he will set himself DOGGEDLY to it.' [Footnote: This word is commonly used to signify sullenly, gloomily and in that sense alone it appears in Dr Johnson's Dictionary. I suppose he meant by it 'with an OBSTINATE RESOLUTION, similar to that of a sullen man'.]