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or bli·my

interjection British Informal.
  1. (used to express surprise or excitement.)
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Origin of blimey

1885–90; orig. reduced form of blind me, as ellipsis from God blind me; cf. gorblimey
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Historical Examples of blimy

  • Number One was Jimmy Archer, who had tried to steal the "blimy teapot."

    The Uttermost Farthing

    R. Austin Freeman

  • Blimy if I don't believe 'e's taking 'ome 'is washing up his back.

  • "Blimy," he said at length, "you look like the sort o' bloke she'd like," and with that he grinned again.

  • I don't remember exactly what happened, but the millionaire man said, Blimy, couldn't he run after his hat wot the wind blown off?

  • Then, turning with a sudden access of fury, "I'll knock yer face off, blimy!"

    Tales of Mean Streets

    Arthur Morrison

British Dictionary definitions for blimy


  1. British slang an exclamation of surprise or annoyance
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Word Origin for blimey

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


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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