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golly

[ gol-ee ]
/ ˈgɒl i /
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interjection Informal.

(used as a mild exclamation expressing surprise, wonder, puzzlement, pleasure, or the like.)

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Origin of golly

First recorded in 1840–50; euphemistic alteration of God
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British Dictionary definitions for golly (1 of 3)

golly1
/ (ˈɡɒlɪ) /

interjection

an exclamation of mild surprise or wonder

Word Origin for golly

C19: originally a euphemism for God

British Dictionary definitions for golly (2 of 3)

golly2
/ (ˈɡɒlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

British informal short for golliwog

British Dictionary definitions for golly (3 of 3)

golly3
/ (ˈɡɒlɪ) Australian slang /

verb -lies, -lying or -lied

to spit

noun plural -lies

a gob of spit

Word Origin for golly

C20: altered from gollion a gob of phlegm, probably of imitative origin
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