Gadzooks

Gadzooks

[gad-zooks]
interjection Archaic.
(used as a mild oath.)
Also, Odzooks, Odzookers.


Origin:
1645–55; perhaps representing God's hooks (i.e., the nails of Christ's Cross); cf. Gad

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gadzooks (ɡædˈzuːks)
 
interj
archaic a mild oath
 
[C17: perhaps from God's hooks (the nails of the cross); see Gad1]

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gadzooks
1690s, from some exclamation, possibly God's hooks (nails of the cross) or even God's hocks. The use of Gad for God (cf. egad) is first attested 1590s. Among other similar phraseological combinations (all from 17c.) were gadsbobs, gadslid, and gadsniggers.
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