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[gad-zooks] /ˌgædˈzuks/
interjection, Archaic.
(used as a mild oath.)
Also, Odzooks, Odzookers.
Origin of Gadzooks
1645-55; perhaps representing God's hooks (i.e., the nails of Christ's Cross); cf. Gad Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Well, this Mr. Summerfield is a brave Fellow, Gadzooks he is.

    The City Bride (1696) Joseph Harris
  • Gadzooks, Jenny, will I never get sense or liberality into your head?

  • The poor fish claps his hand to his forehead and cries 'Gadzooks!

    The Adventures of Sally P. G. Wodehouse
  • Gadzooks, a most ingenious contrivance—if we were to go through with it.

    Love for Love William Congreve
  • Gadzooks, neighbors, but I shouldn't be a whit surprised if that old party is a duke in disguise!

    The Frontiersmen

    Charles Egbert Craddock
British Dictionary definitions for Gadzooks


(archaic) a mild oath
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from God's hooks (the nails of the cross); see Gad1
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Word Origin and History for Gadzooks


1690s, from some exclamation, possibly God's hooks (nails of the cross) or even God's hocks. Cf. godsookers (1670s). The use of Gad for God (cf. egad) is first attested 1590s. Among other similar phraseological combinations (all from 17c.) were gadsbobs, gadslid, and gadsniggers; in all of which the second elements are sometimes said to be mere fanciful syllables.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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