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doggerel (not comparable)
- (poetry) Of a crude or irregular construction.
- 1677, John Dryden, “Prologue”, in The Kind Keeper; or, Mr. Limberham: A Comedy: […], London: […] R. Bentley, and M. Magnes, […], published 1680, →OCLC:
- True Wit has ſeen its best days long ago, / It ne're look'd up, ſince we were dipt in Show: / When Senſe in Dogrel Rimes and Clouds was loſt, / And Dulneſs flouriſh'd at the Actors coſt.
of a crude or irregular construction
- (poetry) A comic or humorous verse, usually irregular in measure.
- 1895 October, Stephen Crane, chapter VIII, in The Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of the American Civil War, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton and Company, →OCLC, page 86:
- As he marched he sang a bit of doggerel in a high and quavering voice: / "Sing a song 'a vic'try, / A pocketful 'a bullets, / Five an' twenty dead men / Baked in a—pie."
comic or humorous verse
- doggerel in An American Dictionary of the English Language, by Noah Webster, 1828.
- “doggerel”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “doggerel”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- "doggerel" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
- “doggerel”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
- Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)
- Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)