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(mainly US & Canadian) an exclamation of surprise or dismay
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  • If his offer is accepted he strips off his clothes with alacrity, exclaims the conventional “O, lordy!”

    The Brothers' War John Calvin Reed
  • That's what lordy means when she talks about the solidarity of labor.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • lordy—if it was summer, I'd say we all had our brains sun-cured, but I'm willin' to try it.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • "lordy's eloped, and they've got to hunt for a new Latin teacher," was Patty's interpretation.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • She sprang to her feet, exclaiming: "Oh, lordy, you ain't got no chair yet to—"

  • I was just on the point of breaking my vows and telling all, when who should pop in but lordy.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • Well, jest as I was finished, and was a saying amen, the lordy mercy what a yowl something did give right over me in a tree!

    Hoosier Mosaics Maurice Thompson
  • Nothing at all—and if it hadn't been for lordy, we'd all three have been expelled.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • They thought and kind o' whispered round that the minister or the deakins oughter do it: but lordy massy!

    Oldtown Fireside Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Well, you might begin by tryin' not to say 'lordy' quite so many times.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
Word Origin and History for lordy



1832, in imitation of U.S. black speech; extended form of Lord as an interjection.

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