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ABOUT THIS WORD
What does jeez mean?
Jeez is an informal way to express surprise, disappointment, frustration, annoyance, or exasperation.
Jeez can also be spelled geez. It’s an interjection, meaning it’s typically said by itself (instead of as part of a sentence) to express some kind of emotion. It’s usually used before or after another statement, as in I wasn’t implying that at all. Jeez.
The term jeez can be used in both negative and positive contexts, but it’s more often used negatively to express frustration with what someone has said or done.
Jeez comes from a shortening of Jesus, which makes it a euphemism—a milder way of saying something that may be considered offensive, blasphemous, or harsh. Many other words like this (often called mild oaths or minced oaths) are formed in a similar way. The word gosh, for example, is an alteration of the word God.
Jeez is commonly used in the phrase jeez louise, which means the same thing as jeez but is usually used in more humorous situations. (The name Louise is probably just added as a rhyme).
Example: Jeez, Tim, you don’t have to be such a jerk.
Where does jeez come from?
Jeez is a shortening of Jesus, which can be used as an interjection in a similar (though often more harsh) way. The similar terms gee and gee whiz are also based on the word Jesus.
Jeez can be used positively, especially as a way to express surprise or perhaps appreciation, as in Jeez, you did all this for me? But most often it’s used to express exasperation—annoyance or frustration, especially due to some repeated or prolonged behavior. Still, it’s very informal, so it’s often used in grievances that aren’t so serious, as Jeez, dude, don’t hog all the chips!
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What are some other forms related to jeez?
- geez (alternate spelling)
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How is jeez used in real life?
Jeez is very informal. Although it’s a euphemism, most people just think of it as its own word (as opposed to a substitute for the word Jesus).
Daughter: "Jeez dude! You're going to have, like, 50,000 lbs of garlic on your pasta."
Me: "Still wouldn't be enough."#fact
— Sean R. Frazier, Snack (@TheCleftonTwain) May 29, 2020
Jeez, you guys really like bad puns, huh? 😄
— Jan Kaluza (@JKashaar) July 5, 2020
jeez would everyone calm down it’s just a massive flock of crows descending from a grey, eldritch, doom-tinged sky during a global pandemic https://t.co/1ipf6LBHWX
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 7, 2020
How to use jeez in a sentence
“Um, jeez putting me on the spot here” he said with his voice trailing off.Rand Paul's Maine Man|Ben Jacobs|June 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And I thought, jeez, does he hafta do that every time he leaves the house?Richard Hell Was the First Person to Shoot Up Heroin in Front of Me|Legs McNeil|March 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I thought, jeez, if I got struck by lightning, I wonder how long it will take for someone to find my body.Chris Colfer on ‘Struck by Lightning,’ Secret Boyfriends, and Girl Fans|Ramin Setoodeh|January 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST