Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Stubbornly persevering; tenacious. See Synonyms at obstinate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Stubbornly persevering, steadfast.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of dog.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sullen; morose.
  • adj. Sullenly obstinate; obstinately determined or persistent

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the meaner qualities of a dog; malicious; mean; contemptible; surly.
  • Having the pertinacity of a dog; silently obstinate; unyielding.
  • Synonyms Stubborn, mulish, inflexible, headstrong.
  • Very: as, a dogged mean trick.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. stubbornly unyielding

Etymologies

From the verb to dog. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, characteristics similar to that of a dog. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I've hounded every pet store and veterinary supply, I've dogged from the mercado de abastos to every single market in town, and there are none.

    Restrictions on food?

  • The IQ-testing movement had been dogged from the very beginning by the charge that people high in IQ were prone to be intelligent misfits, scrawny, nearsighted, and weird; several commentators now revived this line of argument, saying that the test would be selecting and rewarding people like America's two leading domestic villains of the day, the brainy traitors Klaus Fuchs and Alger Hiss.

    The Great Sorting

  • Page 50 visit to the Carrol, the first time; he it was who followed me down to the cars, over to Baltimore, and when I went out there; and in short, dogged my steps everywhere, and was now taking me to prison!

    The Old Capitol and its inmates, by who enjoyed the hospitalities of the government for a "season

  • Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) isn't on the intelligence committee, but he's known as a dogged manager of the health of government agencies -- the man may just fire off miffed letters to inspectors general in his sleep.

    Confirmations

  • Mu├▒oz was known as a dogged advocate while she was VP of Policy at the National Council of La Raza, and her experience of the five-year immigration debate that ended with no change in 2007 is some of the most moving stuff in my book, The Accidental American.

    Rinku Sen: Stimulus Package: Immigrants!

  • Curiously, according to ABC's Web site, Edwards did not give the interview to chief investigative correspondent Ross, known as a dogged if not fierce interviewer.

    The Story Is Out

  • Murkowski is dodged by -- dogged, that is, by charges of nepotism.

    CNN Transcript Nov 2, 2004

  • In the Corinthian night, under the stars and fading moon, the panther who had once been a man ran, moving in a manner that might be called dogged had he been canine instead of feline.

    Conan the Fearless

  • The second method, pursued by Martin, may be called the dogged or prosaic method.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • The first time that he had made his appearance, wearing wooden shoes and a leathern jacket, every one had laughed, but this did not affect him at all, and in the end people began to term his dogged obstinacy indomitable perseverance.

    Secret des Champdoce. English

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  • unrelenting; followed

    November 23, 2007