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[gosh] /gɒʃ/
(used as an exclamation or mild oath):
Gosh, this bag is heavy!
Origin of gosh
First recorded in 1750-60; euphemistic alteration of God Unabridged
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  • Well, gosh, I hope somebody is pleased at the trouble she has made!

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • gosh, Max, I—well, I sort of want to put my name down on something.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • gosh, that Charley guy must be around right here in this tunnel, with an ax or something.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • gosh, I'm glad we're all together again; it had me scared, that's a fact.

    The Girl in the Golden Atom Raymond King Cummings
  • The fire flamed up, and Jimmy, with a bashful and deprecatory "gosh!"

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
British Dictionary definitions for gosh


an exclamation of mild surprise or wonder
Word Origin
C18: euphemistic for God, as in by gosh!
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gosh

1757, altered pronunciation of God. Probably from by gosse (mid-16c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gosh



A mild exclamation of pleasure, disbelief, surprise, etc: Gosh but I'm tickled, Reverend

[1757+; a euphemism for God]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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