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  1. (used as an exclamation of surprise, amazement, dismay, etc.)
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Origin of crikey

First recorded in 1830–40; probably euphemistic alteration of Christ
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Examples from the Web for crikey

Historical Examples

  • Both Krikey and crikey were used and retained as were handkie and hankie.

    New Treasure Seekers

    E. (Edith) Nesbit

  • "By crikey, you're a bloomin' knock-out, and no kid," he added admiringly.

    Captain Calamity

    Rolf Bennett

  • Crikey, you should 'a seen 'im come a cropper on his nut down them new steps.

  • Nobody aint ever broke out of this jail yet, and by crikey, they wont, as long as Im the keeper!

  • Then suddenly the true truth of what he had forgotten to do came home to Robert, and he said "Oh, crikey!"

British Dictionary definitions for crikey


  1. slang an expression of surprise
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Word Origin

C19: euphemistic for Christ!
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Word Origin and History for crikey

exclamation, 1838, probably one of the many substitutions for Christ.

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