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Boy: May I know you're name please?
Girl: I'm not telling, doooooor!

I know I'm spelling it like a 'door' but that's actually how it sounds. Is it an English word and what's the right spelling.

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  • Are you transcribing this in a rhotic or non-rhotic accent?
    – user230
    Apr 10, 2014 at 11:48
  • I think rhotic accent. Its like a slang or somewhat. But i hear most girls say either 'dooor' or 'daaaaaaar' i cant actually figure how to spell it to get your understanding of this word in question.
    – user5664
    Apr 10, 2014 at 11:56
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    @MaulikV No; I think it's dhurrrr or durrr with as many extra r's added for emphasis. It's used everywhere but I have no idea what it means or if it even means anything. My bet is that it's an interjection, a filler ?word, a corruption of duh, or all of the above.
    – Helix Quar
    Apr 10, 2014 at 12:12
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    I think the common spelling for this sound is Duh!, sometimes Doh!. Apr 10, 2014 at 13:04
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    What helix and starsplusplus said. In Australia, we would spell it derr (with extra 'r's as needed). I heard it long before 'duh!' and 'D'oh!' is from the Simpsons. The meaning we give it, as used in the example sentence is more 'well obviously, you idiot'. Now, I'm off to google rhotic.
    – mcalex
    Apr 10, 2014 at 17:33

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The actual spelling of "doooooor" is "duh".

According to this answer to this question:

According to Merriam Webster, duh is an interjection which has two meanings:

  1. used to express actual or feigned ignorance or stupidity
  2. used derisively to indicate that something just stated is all too obvious or self-evident

Apparently this first appeared in 1966 (per Merriam Webster). If you look at Google NGrams, "duh" has appeared even in the 1800s but a quick look at the results shows that in the early cases "duh" was used mostly as a syllable in a foreign language or as a form of "the". You can see that there is an increase over time, regardless, after 1960.

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The etymology of the interjection is, as you suggested, onomatopoeic in origin. One site, Think-Ink, devotes an entire page to the discussion of the word. One thing they mention is an etymology, from the American Heritage Dictionary:

Imitative of the utterance attributed to slow-witted people.

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