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


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)