doggerel


adjective

  1. (of verse)
    1. comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure.
    2. rude; crude; poor.

noun

  1. doggerel verse.

noun

    1. comic verse, usually irregular in measure
    2. (as modifier)a doggerel rhythm
  1. nonsense; drivel

late 14c. (adj.); 1630s (n.), probably from dog + pejorative suffix -rel and applied to bad poetry perhaps with a suggestion of puppyish clumsiness, or being fit only for dogs. Attested as a surname from mid-13c., but the sense is not evident.

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