also crimine, 1680s; it looks like Italian crimine "crime" but likely is simply another euphemism for Christ as a swear-word.

Nearby words

  1. crimini,
  2. criminogenic,
  3. criminol.,
  4. criminology,
  5. criminous,
  6. crimmer,
  7. crimogenic,
  8. crimp,
  9. crimple,
  10. crimplene

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for criminy

  • "Criminy, the ol' campus sure does look good," said Hugh ecstatically.

    The Plastic Age|Percy Marks