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

Origin of crikey

First recorded in 1830–40; probably euphemistic alteration of Christ Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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slang an expression of surprise

Word Origin for crikey

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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