jiminy

jiminy

[jim-uh-nee]
interjection
(a mild exclamation of surprise, emotion, or awe.)
Also, jimminy.


Origin:
1810–20; perhaps alteration of Latin Jēsu Domine Lord Jesus!

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Main Entry:  jiminy
Part of Speech:  interj
Definition:  an exclamation of surprise
Etymology:  alter. of Gemini
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jiminy
exclamation of surprise, 1803, a disguised oath, probably for Jesu Domine "Jesus Lord." Extended form jiminy cricket is attested from 1848.
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