Meaning of “damn” in the English Dictionary

"damn" in British English

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uk /dæm/ us /dæm/ also damn it, also dammit, informal


uk /dæm/ us /dæm/ informal

used, especially when you are annoyed, to mean "very":

He knew damn well how much trouble it would cause.
Next time he can damn well do it himself!
You were damn lucky not to have been killed!
damn all UK informal


I know damn all about computers.


uk /dæm/ us /dæm/

damnadjective [ before noun ]

uk /dæm/ us /dæm/ also damned informal

(Definition of “damn” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"damn" in American English

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us /dæm/ infml

damn exclamation (EXPRESSION)

also damn it, dammit, /ˈdæm·ət, -ɪt/ an expression of anger or annoyance:

Damn! I spilled coffee on my blouse.
Note: This word may be considered offensive by some people.

damn exclamation (SURPRISE)

used to express surprise:

Damn, I guess they decided to buy that house.

damnadjective [ not gradable ]

us /dæm/ also damned, /dæmd/

damn adjective [ not gradable ] (EXPRESSION)

infml used to express anger or annoyance:

a damn shame

damnadjective, adverb [ not gradable ]

us /dæm/ infml

damn adjective, adverb [ not gradable ] (VERY)

very; great:

You’re a damn fool to try and drive that old car cross-country.

damnverb [ T ]

us /dæm/

damn verb [ T ] (BLAME)

to blame or strongly criticize:

The novel was damned by the critics for being too political.

damn verb [ T ] (PUNISH)

to force someone to stay in hell and be punished forever

damnnoun [ U ]

us /dæm/ infml

damn noun [ U ] (LEAST AMOUNT)

the least amount:

This old car isn’t worth a damn.

(Definition of “damn” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)