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  1. (used as an exclamation or mild oath): Gosh, this bag is heavy!

Origin of gosh

First recorded in 1750–60; euphemistic alteration of God
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  1. an exclamation of mild surprise or wonder

Word Origin

C18: euphemistic for God, as in by gosh!
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Word Origin and History for gosh

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

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