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