mainly US and Canadian an exclamation of surprise or dismay

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Examples from the Web for lordy

Historical Examples of lordy

  • Lordy massy, says I to myself, ef that's so they're any of 'em welcome to my chance.

  • Well, you might begin by tryin' not to say 'Lordy' quite so many times.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "Don't say 'Lordy,' Imogene," cautioned Thankful, and hastened away.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Wal, so I was; but not jest in the way she took it: but, Lordy massy!

    Oldtown Fireside Stories

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • Lordy—if it was summer, I'd say we all had our brains sun-cured, but I'm willin' to try it.

    Ride Proud, Rebel!

    Andre Alice Norton

Word Origin and History for lordy



1832, in imitation of U.S. black speech; extended form of Lord as an interjection.

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