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[zoo ks, zooks] /zʊks, zuks/
(used in exclamatory phrases as a mild oath.)
Origin of zooks
1625-35; short for gadzooks Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • zooks, parson, you remember how he recommended the veather o' her to me.

  • "zooks, my young miss," quoth Gay after the solace of a pinch of snuff.

    Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce
  • And he put a clean handkerchief into every pocket, in case he sneezed in a hurry—for King zooks was a lavish dresser.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • King zooks was fond of his wife and fond of his daughter, and when he was with them he did not look so fierce.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • King zooks was the last to finish, for the dinner ended with ice-cream and he was fond of it.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • Halfway down the stairs I asked it again, and again received no answer save a zooks!

    By order of the company Mary Johnston
  • Gad′so, an exclamation of surprise; Gad′zooks, an obsolete minced oath.

  • "There's the gray beginning, zooks," he muttered to himself, in half-conscious quotation.

    The Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang
  • zooks, but it is, madam, a very great while: to a man that admires a fine woman as much as I do.

    Love for Love William Congreve

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