- mainly US and Canadian an exclamation of surprise or dismay
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.The American Mind
Well, you might begin by tryin' not to say 'Lordy' quite so many times.
"Don't say 'Lordy,' Imogene," cautioned Thankful, and hastened away.
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.