damn1 [dæm] interjection not polite
1.) used when you are very annoyed or disappointed
Damn! I've locked my keys in the car.
2.) used when something is impressive or surprising
Damn, she's old.
damn 2
damn2 adv [+ adjective/adverb] informal not polite
1.) used to emphasize a statement
Everything 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
especially BrE nothing at all
He knows damn all about cars.
damn 3
damn3 S2 adj [only before noun] spoken not polite
1.) used when you are angry or annoyed with someone or something
Turn off the damn TV!
2.) used to emphasize something negative
It's a damn shame he left her.
3.) not a damn thing
nothing at all
There's not a damn thing you can do about it.
4.) a damn sight more/better etc
a lot more, a lot better etc
He's as smart as you or me and a damn sight tougher.
damn 4
damn4 v [T]
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: dampner, from Latin damnare, from damnum 'damage, loss']
1.) damn it/you etc!
spoken not polite used when you are extremely angry or annoyed with someone or something
Damn it, be careful with that!
Stop, damn you!
Damn that telephone!
2.) (I'll be/I'm) damned if ...
spoken not polite used to make a negative statement in a strong way
'Where's Wally?' 'Damned if I know.' (=I don't know)
I'll be damned if I can find my keys (=I can't find them) .
I'll be damned if I let him in the house (=I won't let him in) .
3.) I'll be damned
spoken not polite used when you are surprised
I'll be damned! I haven't seen him for years!
4.) damn the consequences/expense/calories etc
spoken used to say that you are going to do something, even though it might have bad results
The time has come for me to speak out, and damn the consequences.
5.) be damned
to be given the punishment of going to ↑hell after you die
6.) to state that something is very bad
The critics damned the play on the first night.
damn (sb/sth) 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
spoken used to say that whatever you say or do will be considered wrong
(as) near as damn it atnear1 (8)
damn 5
damn5 n spoken not polite
1.) not give a damn (about sb/sth)
to not care at all about someone or something
I don't give a damn about her.
2.) be not worth a damn
to have no value at all
Her promise isn't worth a damn.

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