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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "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)
  • 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
  • Ay, faith,” said Mick coolly; “it wor aboord this virry ship, begorrah!

    Young Tom Bowling J.C. Hutcheson
  • begorrah, that Portugee dont look like no angel, he said, and his wife looks like the ould Nick himsilf.

  • begorrah, if it wasn't for the bastely drill, I should forget that I was a soldier at all.

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

  • 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
  • "begorrah, but it's ourselves that's the sickest," laughed Teddy, fully sensible of his sad condition.

    The Lost Trail Edward S. Ellis
  • begorrah, but wasn't it lucky that we didn't have the blanket wrapped about us?

    The Hunters of the Ozark Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for begorrah


an emphatic exclamation, regarded as a characteristic utterance of Irish people
Word Origin
C19: euphemistic alteration of by God!
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for begorrah


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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