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

  • n. Crudely or irregularly fashioned verse, often of a humorous or burlesque nature.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a crude or irregular construction. (Originally applied to humorous verse, but now to verse lacking artistry or meaning.)
  • adj. a comic or humorous verse, usually irregular in measure
  • n. A doggerel poem or verse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Low in style, and irregular in measure.
  • n. A sort of loose or irregular verse; mean or undignified poetry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An epithet originally given to a kind of loose, irregular measure in burlesque poetry, like that of “Hudibras,” but now more generally applied to mean verses defective alike in sense and in rhythm.
  • n. Burlesque poetry, generally in irregular measure.
  • n. Mean, paltry verses, defective in sense and in rhythm.

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

  • n. a comic verse of irregular measure

Etymologies

From Middle English, poor, worthless, from dogge, dog; see dog.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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