Probably of (etyl) origin, related to (etyl) and (douse) below.
(ambitransitive) To plunge suddenly into water; to duck; to immerse.
To fall suddenly into water.
To put out; to extinguish.
From (etyl) duschen, .
(nautical) To strike or lower in haste; to slacken suddenly; as, douse the topsail.
* 1867 , , 2006, Elibron Classics, Volume 1,
* 1872 , Laurence William M. Lockhart, Fair to see ,
- "Upon my word she's a doosed' good-looking little thing," said Archie, coming up to him, after having also shaken hands with her; — "' doosed good-looking, I call her."
* 1938 , G.B. Lancaster (), Promenade ,
- I thought my nephew a fool ; I now know that he is a doosed sensible fellow, and the luckiest dog in Christendom — luckiest dog in Christendom, I declare.
English degree adverbs
- Accepted me, did she? Doosed awkward, that. I thought she had more sense.