- (of verse)
- comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure.
- rude; crude; poor.
- doggerel verse.
- comic verse, usually irregular in measure
- (as modifier)a doggerel rhythm
- 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.