- a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “god” and “peace.”
- (sometimes lowercase) (used as an exclamation of surprise, anger, etc.)
Examples from the Web for godfrey
Hereupon, Mr. Godfrey asked if there was aught evil in the book.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Godfrey arrived just as his family were settled at Percy-hall.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Mr. Godfrey, its proprietor, had come to the country for his health.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
His instinct had spoken, as Sir Godfrey Raleigh had said it would, and spoken truly.
Sir Godfrey picked the note up from the table where she had flung it.
Word Origin and History for godfrey
masc. proper name, from Old French Godefrei (Modern French Godefroi), from Old High German Godafrid (German Gottfried), literally "the peace of God," from Old High German got "God" (see god) + fridu "peace" (see free). In early 20c., the name sometimes was used as a slang euphemism for "God."