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Probably from dog +‎ -rel (pejorative suffix), akin to Dog Latin, late 14th c.

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doggerel (not comparable)

  1. (poetry) Of a crude or irregular construction. (Originally applied to humorous verse, but now to verse lacking artistry or meaning.)
    • 1678, John Dryden, "Prologue to Limberham," lines 1-4,
      True wit has seen its best days long ago;
      It ne'er look'd up, since we were dipp'd in show:
      When sense in doggerel rhymes and clouds was lost,
      And dulness flourish'd at the actors' cost.
  2. (poetry) a comic or humorous verse, usually irregular in measure

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doggerel (plural doggerels)

  1. A doggerel poem or verse.
    • 1894, George du Maurier, Trilby[1], page 302:
      Taffy drew a long breath into his manly bosom, and kept it there as he read this characteristic French doggerel (for so he chose to call this touching little symphony in ère and ra).
    • 1895, Stephen Crane, chapter 8, in The Red Badge of Courage:
      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."

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