my goodness

[ mahy good-nis ]

  1. (used as an interjection to express surprise, excitement, mild alarm, etc.): My goodness, how the time has flown! Top that with rich, pungent blue cheese and, oh my goodness, I can't even begin to describe the flavor.

Origin of my goodness

First recorded in 1760–70
  • Also oh my good·ness [oh mahy good-nis] /ˌoʊ ˌmaɪ ˈgʊd nɪs/ .
  • Sometimes my good·ness gra·cious [mahy good-nis grey-shuhs] /ˌmaɪ ˌgʊd nɪs ˈgreɪ ʃəs/ .

Words Nearby my goodness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024