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(a mild exclamation of surprise, emotion, or awe.)

Origin of jiminy

1810–20; perhaps alteration of Latin Jēsu Domine Lord Jesus!
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Word Origin and History for jiminy

exclamation of surprise, 1803, a disguised oath, perhaps for Jesu Domine "Jesus Lord." Extended form jiminy cricket is attested from 1848 and suggests Jesus Christ (cf. also Jiminy Christmas, 1890).

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