Gadzooks

[ gad-zooks ]
/ ˌgædˈzuks /
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interjection Archaic.

(used as a mild oath.)

Also Odzooks, Odzookers.

Origin of Gadzooks

1645–55; perhaps representing God's hooks (i.e., the nails of Christ's Cross); cf. Gad

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British Dictionary definitions for gadzooks

gadzooks

/ (ɡædˈzuːks) /

interjection

archaic a mild oath

Word Origin for gadzooks

C17: perhaps from God's hooks (the nails of the cross); see Gad 1

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Word Origin and History for gadzooks

gadzooks

1690s, from some exclamation, possibly God's hooks (nails of the cross) or even God's hocks. Cf. godsookers (1670s). The use of Gad for God (cf. egad) is first attested 1590s. Among other similar phraseological combinations (all from 17c.) were gadsbobs, gadslid, and gadsniggers; in all of which the second elements are sometimes said to be mere fanciful syllables.

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