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[kah-rahm-bah] /kɑˈrɑm bɑ/
interjection, Spanish.
(used as an exclamation of astonishment, dismay, or anger.) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In a few minutes they were startled by an explosive “caramba!”

    The Gilded Man Clifford Smyth
  • caramba, comrades, if you are going to play at knives, can you not take me with you?

    The Indian Scout Gustave Aimard
  • caramba is a Spanish word meaning in the American language "gosh."

  • caramba, what is this world but a cemetery of bleaching hopes!

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • There was an old cot there––I slept on it two nights––caramba!

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • caramba, but he was a coward––and he got well paid for it, too!

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • But, caramba, how they might have been trapped, Señor Fortescue!

    Mr. Fortescue

    William Westall
  • Said the same voice in sleepy tones: "Who are ye crowding, caramba!"

    Monarch, The Big Bear of Tallac

    Ernest Thompson Seton
  • What about the fifty-foot B'ar I saw wit' mine own eyes, caramba?

    Monarch, The Big Bear of Tallac

    Ernest Thompson Seton
Word Origin and History for caramba

exclamation of dismay or surprise, 1835, from Spanish, said to be a euphemism for carajo "penis," from Vulgar Latin *caraculum "little arrow."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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