PRONUNCIATION: dôg'ər-əl, dŏg'ər-
VARIANT FORMS: also dog·grel ( dôg'rəl, dŏg-)
NOUN: Crudely or irregularly fashioned verse, often of a humorous or burlesque nature.
ETYMOLOGY: From Middle English, poor, worthless, from dogge, dog. See dog.
OTHER FORMS: dogger·el —ADJECTIVE
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An example in verse
For better or worse.