jeepers creepers

jeepers

[jee-perz]
interjection
(used as a mild exclamation of surprise or emotion.)
Also, jeepers creepers [kree-perz] .


Origin:
1925–30, Americanism; euphemistic alteration of Jesus

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jeepers or jeepers creepers (ˈdʒiːpəz ˈkriːpəz)
 
interj
slang (US), (Canadian) a mild exclamation of surprise
 
[C20: euphemism for Jesus]
 
jeepers creepers or jeepers creepers
 
interj
 
[C20: euphemism for Jesus]

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jeepers
1929, Amer.Eng., euphemistic alteration of Jesus.
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