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  1. a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “god” and “peace.”
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  1. (sometimes lowercase) (used as an exclamation of surprise, anger, etc.)
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Examples from the Web for godfrey

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.

    The Missionary

    George Griffith

  • Sir Godfrey picked the note up from the table where she had flung it.

    The Missionary

    George Griffith

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."

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