Definitions

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

  • interj. Used to express dissatisfaction or annoyance.
  • adv. Damn.
  • transitive v. To damn.
  • n. The least valuable bit; a jot: I don't give a dang.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Damn.
  • interj. Damn.
  • adj. Damn.
  • v. Simple past of ding.
  • v. To dash

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of ding.
  • transitive v. To dash.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Preterit of ding.
  • To beat; throw; dash; force.
  • A minced form of damn in its profane use. Also ding. See dinged.

Etymologies

Alteration of damn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See ding (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For the clangour continued at the same rate, -- _Dang, dang dang, dang_.

    The Weathercock Being the Adventures of a Boy with a Bias

  • It was unmistakable: the big bell was going as he had never heard it before -- not being rung, but as if someone had hold of the clapper and were beating it against the side -- _Dang, dang, dang, dang_ -- stroke following stroke rapidly; and, half-confused by the sleep from which he had been awakened, Vane was trying to make out what it meant, when faintly, but plainly heard on the still night air, came that most startling of cries --

    The Weathercock Being the Adventures of a Boy with a Bias

  • I mean she named her dang CD B. L.O.G, cuz she detest them!

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  • No, this is going to be an anthology where every poem you alight on and read, you say to yourself, Holy God dang, that is good.

    THE ANTHOLOGIST

  • It had alot of potential that somewhat fell short at points bugs mostly but dang, that is a fun game!

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  • And it sucks because I really started liking Jim Carrey after Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (dang, that is such a a good movie).

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  • "This will have an impact on Ontarians, and your disregard and the fact that you don't give a dang is a problem," spokesman Kevin Gaudet told the Liberals on the committee.

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  • dang, that is some super cool stuff, your right the hands are amazing!

    Frank Stockton

  • Swearing at/in front of kids is definitely different from what I'm used to -- even as a foul-mouthed college kid I watched my language around kids I did slip up once while babysitting, however, saying "dang" in front of a promptly-horrified 5-year-old, who was mollified by my immediate pact with him promising that neither of us would ever swear again. :p

    OK, I get it.

  • It was full of colloquial and informal American speak such as dang and like and stuff, and it all sounded so much less knowing that the Chaucer voice he uses.

    Chaucer Revealed, sort of...

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  • "How official are these documents? Pretty dang official - they were issued by the General Administration of Sport of China."

    (Stephen Hutcheon, on The Sydney Morning Herald*, in an article about the underaged gymnasts controversy.)

    *I don't read it.

    August 23, 2008