[bih-jee-zuh s, -jey-]


(used as a mild oath expressing dismay, anger, or the like).


Informal. dickens; devil; deuce: The conglomerate plans to take that tiny company and expand the bejesus out of it.

Nearby words

  1. beirut,
  2. beit knesset,
  3. beja,
  4. bejabbers,
  5. bejel,
  6. bejewel,
  7. bejeweled,
  8. bejewelled,
  9. bekaa,
  10. bekesy, georg von

Origin of bejesus

First recorded in 1905–10; alteration of oath by Jesus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bejesus



an exclamation of surprise, emphasis, etc, regarded as a characteristic utterance of Irish people


the bejesus (intensifier) used in such phrases as beat the bejesus out of, scare the bejesus out of, etc

Word Origin for bejesus

C20: alteration of by Jesus!

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Word Origin and History for bejesus


mild expletive, 1908, perhaps from by Jesus. To beat the bejesus out of someone is from 1934.

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