golly

[gol-ee]
interjection Informal.
(used as a mild exclamation expressing surprise, wonder, puzzlement, pleasure, or the like.)

Origin:
1840–50; euphemistic alteration of God

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golly1 (ˈɡɒlɪ)
 
interj
an exclamation of mild surprise or wonder
 
[C19: originally a euphemism for God]

golly2 (ˈɡɒlɪ)
 
n , pl -lies
informal (Brit) short for golliwog

golly3 (ˈɡɒlɪ)
 
vb , -lies, -lying, -lied
1.  to spit
 
n , -lies, -lying, -lied, -lies
2.  a gob of spit
 
[C20: altered from gollion a gob of phlegm, probably of imitative origin]

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golly
euphemism for God, first recorded 1775, in a source that refers to it as "a sort of jolly kind of oath, or asseveration much in use among our carters, & the lowest people."
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Example sentences
These type of gee-golly articles do little to further the cause of sustainability.
It's a ponderous, toned-down golly-gee-whiz performance.
And, golly, they even invented toilets that don't need paper.
Much of the data might be mistaken or fraudulent, but by golly it's right here in this computer.
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