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caramba

[kah-rahm-bah]
interjection Spanish.
  1. (used as an exclamation of astonishment, dismay, or anger.)
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  • In a few minutes they were startled by an explosive “Caramba!”

    The Gilded Man

    Clifford Smyth

  • Caramba, comrades, if you are going to play at knives, can you not take me with you?

    The Indian Scout

    Gustave Aimard

  • Caramba is a Spanish word meaning in the American language "gosh."

  • Caramba, what is this world but a cemetery of bleaching hopes!

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

  • There was an old cot there––I slept on it two nights––Caramba!

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking


Word Origin and History for caramba

exclamation of dismay or surprise, 1835, from Spanish, said to be a euphemism for carajo "penis," from Vulgar Latin *caraculum "little arrow."

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