Green’s Dictionary of Slang

god-damn adj.

also goddam, god-dern

1. a general intensifier, lit. ‘most damnable’.

[UK]Westmoreland Gaz. 5 Jan. 4/4: A person in Kendal, noted for a prefactory G—d—n, with which he introduces every sentence however trival as G—d—n fine house, G—d—n good horse .
Kansas Herald of freedom (Wakarusa, KS) 5 Apr. 4/4: God damn your soul to hell, if you don’t stop I will blow your God damn brains out.
Louisana Democrat (Alexandria, LA) 12 July 3/2: It did not make a God-damn bit of difference.
Reports of Committees: 30th Congress 2508: He says, ‘O, you are a God-damn liar; you are all God-damned liars’.
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 3 Aug. 2/4: He was an American. A real gawdam Yank.
Southwest Reporter 51 215/1: He said you told him you cussed me out, and called me a God damn son of a bitch.
[US]A. Adams Log of a Cowboy 128: He looked me in the eye and said, ‘You’re a G-- d--- liar’.
[US]E. Pound letter 17 May in Paige (1971) 60: S--- is worse, for he not only pours out amateurish blither, but he is a rich man who does nothing – god damn nothing – for the arts.
[US]F.S. Fitzgerald ‘May Day’ in Bodley Head Scott Fitzgerald V (1963) 144: ‘What’s the matter?’ ‘Every God damn thing in the world.’.
[US](con. 1910s) J.T. Farrell Young Lonigan in Studs Lonigan (1936) 108: He was snapped out of it by Kenny cursing the goddamn flies.
[US]C.G. Finney Circus of Dr Lao 10: Why, that’s a goddam lie!
[UK]K. Amis letter 31 Dec. in Leader (2000) 30: God damn christ people can play the tpt [i.e. trumpet] in different ways.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 5: With all the goddam drinkin’ Ah’ve done, Ah still can’t remember the taste of it.
[US]R. Bissell High Water 91: What’s the big god-damn idea staging a fight here in the galley?
[US]B. Hecht Gaily, Gaily 48: It’s the craziest Goddamn thing I ever heard.
[US]T. Wolfe Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1966) 23: Back around the corner reading a god-dern detective magazine.
[US]N. Heard Howard Street 95: Get the hell outta here and let me be sick by my goddam self.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 100: Here you are, looking for a goddam freebie.
[US]Tarantino & Avery Pulp Fiction [film script] 29: ‘What’s so funny?’ ‘Not a goddam thing.’.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 340: I never shoulda married a goddamn Paddy!
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Travel 9 Jan. 5: Sonofabitch mother-humping low-down goddam bastard.
[US]T. Udo Vatican Bloodbath 37: An ass like a goddamn li’l under-ripe peach!
[US]C. Carr Our Town 280: These goddamn nigger bucks come in, and they was gonna overthrow everything.
[UK]K. Richards Life 227: How frightened they are [of the young]. We win two world wars and people are shivering in their goddam boots.
Pando Qly Spring 52/1: A poor Thai peasant girl in a goddam glitter disco blouse and hot pants.

2. as infix.

[US]J. Mitchell McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (2001) 11: I’m under no obligoddamnation to stand here all night.
[US]C. Himes ‘Da-Da-Dee’ in Coll. Stories (1990) 371: If you could just make up your mind, son, once and forgoddamever what it is you want from this world.
[US]G.L. Coon Meanwhile, Back at the Front (1962) 66: I will positively under no circumgoddamnstances have it.
[US](con. WWII) J.O. Killens And Then We Heard The Thunder (1964) 326: I fought and fought [...] but they drafted me any-goddamn-how.
[US]N. Heard Howard Street 68: This is the most, baby. The abso-goddam-lute most!
[US]D. Goines Street Players 12: I don’t want you or Bill or any goddamn body in my house.
[US]E. Weiner Howard the Duck 121: Little [...] microgoddamscopic baby zucchini!