crikey

[ krahy-kee ]
/ ˈkraɪ ki /
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interjection

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

Nearby words

  1. cricothyrotomy,
  2. cricotomy,
  3. cried,
  4. crier,
  5. crigler-najjar syndrome,
  6. crile,
  7. crile, george washington,
  8. crim,
  9. crim.,
  10. crim. con.

Origin of crikey

First recorded in 1830–40; probably euphemistic alteration of Christ

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British Dictionary definitions for crikey

crikey

/ (ˈkraɪkɪ) /

interjection

slang an expression of surprise

Word Origin for crikey

C19: euphemistic for Christ!

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Word Origin and History for crikey

crikey

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

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