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  1. (used as a word of command to a horse or other draft animal directing it to turn to the right.)
verb (used without object), geed, gee·ing.
  1. to turn to the right.
verb (used with object), geed, gee·ing.
  1. to turn (something) to the right.
  2. to evade.Compare haw3
Verb Phrases
  1. gee up, (used as a word of command to a horse or other draft animal directing it to go faster.)

Origin of gee1

First recorded in 1620–30; origin uncertain


interjection Informal.
  1. (used to express surprise, disappointment, enthusiasm, or simple emphasis): Gee, that's great! Gee, I can't remember the book's title.

Origin of gee2

1890–95, Americanism; euphemism for Jesus


verb (used without object), geed, gee·ing. Informal.
  1. to agree; get along.

Origin of gee3

First recorded in 1690–1700; origin uncertain


noun Slang.
  1. a sum of one thousand dollars: a fancy car costing twenty-five gees.
Compare G.

Origin of gee4

1925–30; spelling of German, abbreviation for grand (a thousand dollars)


  1. a radio navigational system by which a fix can be obtained by comparing the pulse repetition rates of high-frequency ground waves from two separate stations.

Origin of gee5

First recorded in 1940–45; orig. abbreviation for ground electronics engineering
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Examples from the Web for gee

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Gee, but I——” And he looked down at his own clothes as though to reassure himself.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • "Gee up, Boxer—we'll wet its head at the Hibernian," said Crow.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Gee, but I wouldn't like to fall out of one of those bedroom windows!

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • "Gee, but they are having a peach of a time in the school," he announced.

  • "Gee, that's damn tough," said Joel, who had grown from darn to damn.

British Dictionary definitions for gee


  1. Also: gee up! an exclamation, as to a horse or draught animal, to encourage it to turn to the right, go on, or go faster
verb gees, geeing or geed
  1. (usually foll by up) to move (an animal, esp a horse) ahead; urge on
  2. (foll by up) to encourage (someone) to greater effort or activity
  1. slang See gee-gee

Word Origin

C17: origin uncertain


  1. US and Canadian informal a mild exclamation of surprise, admiration, etcAlso: gee whizz

Word Origin

C20: euphemism for Jesus


  1. Maurice. born 1931, New Zealand writer, noted for his trilogy of novels Plumb (1978), Meg (1981), and Sole Survivior (1983)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gee

exclamation of surprise, 1895, probably euphemistic for Jesus. Form gee whiz is attested from 1871; gee whillikens (1851) seems to be the oldest form.

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