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[kah-rahm-bah] /kɑˈrɑm bɑ/
interjection, Spanish.
(used as an exclamation of astonishment, dismay, or anger.) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In a few minutes they were startled by an explosive “caramba!”

    The Gilded Man Clifford Smyth
  • caramba, comrades, if you are going to play at knives, can you not take me with you?

    The Indian Scout Gustave Aimard
  • caramba (Spanish), a colloquial interjection, implying surprise and astonishment.

    La Lgende des Sicles Victor Hugo
  • caramba is a Spanish word meaning in the American language "gosh."

  • "caramba, Captain, what you say is anything but flattering to me," the guide replied with an offended look.

    The Border Rifles Gustave Aimard
  • caramba, what is this world but a cemetery of bleaching hopes!

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • The other barrel appeared to have been a miss—the larger tunante of the two had escaped, caramba!

  • caramba, but he was a coward––and he got well paid for it, too!

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • What about the fifty-foot B'ar I saw wit' mine own eyes, caramba?

    Monarch, The Big Bear of Tallac Ernest Thompson Seton
Word Origin and History for caramba

exclamation of dismay or surprise, 1835, from Spanish, said to be a euphemism for carajo "penis," from Vulgar Latin *caraculum "little arrow."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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