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(mainly US & Canadian) an exclamation of surprise or dismay
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  • lordy massy, says I to myself, ef that's so they're any of 'em welcome to my chance.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • Well, you might begin by tryin' not to say 'lordy' quite so many times.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "Don't say 'lordy,' Imogene," cautioned Thankful, and hastened away.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Wal, so I was; but not jest in the way she took it: but, lordy massy!

    Oldtown Fireside Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • lordy—if it was summer, I'd say we all had our brains sun-cured, but I'm willin' to try it.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • That's what lordy means when she talks about the solidarity of labor.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • "lordy's eloped, and they've got to hunt for a new Latin teacher," was Patty's interpretation.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • I was just on the point of breaking my vows and telling all, when who should pop in but lordy.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • Nothing at all—and if it hadn't been for lordy, we'd all three have been expelled.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • But, lordy, how I did sweat while I was deciding to let him alone if he would let me alone.

Word Origin and History for lordy



1832, in imitation of U.S. black speech; extended form of Lord as an interjection.

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