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or begorah, begorrah

[bih-gawr-uh, -gor-uh, bee-] /bɪˈgɔr ə, -ˈgɒr ə, bi-/
interjection, Irish English.
(used as a euphemism for by God):
It's a fine day, begorra.
Origin of begorra
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for begorra
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  • Thin, begorra, yez may as well get off the car an' fire away at wanst.

  • begorra, if anybody's crazy, it's Larry, for it's Larry has married Margaret.

    A Rivermouth Romance Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • The man for whose benefit the narrative was told smoked his pipe stolidly, and answered, 'begorra, but it must be cold up there!'

    The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray
  • begorra, you're wilcome to no more watermillons, ye'll find!

  • An' we'll do our duty av we nivver do anything ilse, begorra!

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
  • Whin we get the Bill every man can take a shpade, an' begorra!

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Some one was washing my face, and saying: "And begorra, it is far from being finished you are, me good man."

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • begorra, your honour, it's a good dhrink ye'll have to give me for this day's work.'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Ach, begorra, I dunno except for the same raisin that a fish hasn't no horns!

    From the Bottom Up Alexander Irvine
  • "begorra, I'm willn'," cried Kerry, grasping at the mediation.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for begorra


an emphatic exclamation, regarded as a characteristic utterance of Irish people
Word Origin
C19: euphemistic alteration of by God!
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Word Origin and History for begorra

1839, antiquated Anglo-Irish form of expletive By God.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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