or jim·mi·ny



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

Nearby words

  1. jim crowism,
  2. jim dash,
  3. jim-crow,
  4. jim-dandy,
  5. jim-jams,
  6. jimjams,
  7. jimmie,
  8. jimmies,
  9. jimmy,
  10. jimmy woodser

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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