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begorra

or begorah, begorrah

[bih-gawr-uh, -gor-uh, bee-] /bɪˈgɔr ə, -ˈgɒr ə, bi-/
interjection, Irish English.
1.
(used as a euphemism for by God):
It's a fine day, begorra.
Origin of begorra
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40
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  • begorrah, but wasn't it lucky that we didn't have the blanket wrapped about us?

    The Hunters of the Ozark Edward S. Ellis
  • begorrah, if it wasn't for the bastely drill, I should forget that I was a soldier at all.

  • Ay, faith,” said Mick coolly; “it wor aboord this virry ship, begorrah!

    Young Tom Bowling J.C. Hutcheson
  • "begorrah, but it's ourselves that's the sickest," laughed Teddy, fully sensible of his sad condition.

    The Lost Trail

    Edward S. Ellis
  • begorrah, yees can't blame us whin we tried to the bist of our indeavor to find it and wasn't able.

    The Lost Trail

    Edward S. Ellis
  • The polaice tuk Micky to th' shtation house an' begorrah the Joodge sint him to th' Oisland fur noinety days.

  • I should say about the same distance that the land is from us, and begorrah that's the best information I can give yees.

    Adrift in the Wilds Edward S. Ellis
  • begorrah, that Portugee dont look like no angel, he said, and his wife looks like the ould Nick himsilf.

  • "begorrah—but—there's more naad of me slaaping," muttered the Irishman, gradually recalling his senses.

    In the Pecos Country Edward Sylvester Ellis (AKA Lieutenant R.H. Jayne)
British Dictionary definitions for begorrah

begorra

/bɪˈɡɒrə/
interjection
1.
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 begorrah

begorra

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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