or bli·my


interjection British Informal.

(used to express surprise or excitement.)

Origin of blimey

1885–90; orig. reduced form of blind me, as ellipsis from God blind me; cf. gorblimey Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British slang an exclamation of surprise or annoyance

Word Origin for blimey

C19: short for gorblimey God blind me
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Word Origin and History for blimey

by 1889, probably a corruption of (God) blind me! First attested in a slang dictionary which defines it as "an apparently meaningless, abusive term."

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