From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdamndamn1 /dæm/ interjection not polite 1 ANNOYused when you are very annoyed or disappointedDamn! I’ve left my keys in the office.2 used when something is impressive or surprisingDamn, she’s old.
Examples from the Corpusdamn• Damn! I forgot the keys.damndamn2 adverb [+adj/adverb] informal not polite 1 used to emphasize a statementEverything was so damn expensive.The band sounded pretty damn good.I’ll damn well do as I please.You know damn well what I’m talking about.He damn near (=almost) drowned.‘It isn’t easy.’ ‘Damn right, it’s not.’2 → damn all
Examples from the Corpusdamn• As the mysterious man following Blackeyes, Nigel Planer speaks at last, though he has damn all to say.• The prof had been damn decent about it.• Homes here are so damn expensive.• I always took teaching seriously and even twenty-five years ago I was damn good at it.• But we did try damn it.• He was damn lucky he didn't have an accident.• She was a great looking woman, so damn relaxed.• I told him he was damn right he should.• I just want to make damn sure we finish on time.• But you know damn well that I did.damn well• Well, I stink of petrol, and he's seen my matches and he knows damn well I don't smoke.• He never damn well is, Donaldson thought, and asked what was to be done about Mrs Balanchine.• Once the election was over they could do almost anything they damn well pleased.• But you know damn well that I did.• And you know damn well there's nothing between us.• They can have anything they damn well want.• I know damn well what you're up to and I don't like it.damndamn3 adjective [only before noun] spoken not polite 1 ANGRYused when you are angry or annoyed with someone or somethingTurn off the damn TV!2 used to emphasize something negativeIt’s a damn shame he left her.3 → not a damn thing4 → a damn sight more/better etc
Examples from the Corpusdamn• You think you're doing them a favour, r ... r ... risking your life for their d ... damn country.• What if I had to do this every damn day?• It's your own damn fault.• Thrilled, that is, until I played this damn record and discovered they haven't changed at all.• It's a damn shame that you didn't get the job.• None of it's recycled, which bothers me, but at least you can read the damn thing now.• Then there's the sheer size of the damn thing.• Turn off that damn TV!damndamn4 verb [transitive] 1 → damn it/you etc!2 → (I’ll be/I’m) damned if ...3 → I’ll be damned4 → damn the consequences/expense/calories etc5 → be damned6 CRITICIZEto state that something is very bad The critics damned the play on the first night.damn (somebody/something) with faint praise (=show that you think someone or something is not good by only praising them a little)7 → damned if you do, damned if you don’t → (as) near as damn it at near1(8)→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusdamn• Smith is not, as Graham Greene might have said, man enough to be damned.• The play was damned by critics after opening night.• Or let him damn himself with his own words?• No, damn it, I was right.• They're looking for us, damn it!damndamn5 noun spoken not polite 1 → not give a damn (about somebody/something)2 → be not worth a damn
Examples from the Corpusdamn• Quite frankly, my dear, at the moment I don't give a damn what your feelings are.• Daft, because who gives a damn about sweating in the midst of passion?• But who gives a damn what they think anyway?• But the first summer of 110-degree heat had cured her of giving a damn about any of that.• Nobody gave a good damn about his needs.Origin damn4 (1200-1300) Old French dampner, from Latin damnare, from damnum “damage, loss”