- (used as a mild oath.)
Origin of zounds
Examples from the Web for zounds
Historical Examples of zounds
Zounds, Hogan, do you mean that Joseph Ashburn was betraying me into this man's hands?The Tavern Knight
Why, zounds, his wife and children were not with him on the pavement.The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete
Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
Zounds, says the Surgeon in a surprize, what, my Wife dine at your House!
"Zounds; but you look like a little tigress," he exclaimed, admiringly.Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter
Lawrence L. Lynch
"Zounds, Cleland, you got the worst of it there," cried a gentleman in a flaxen wig.Devereux, Complete
swounds (zwaʊndz, zaʊndz)
- archaic a mild oath indicating surprise, indignation, etc
Word Origin for zounds
Word Origin and History for zounds
c.1600, oath of surprise or anger, altered from (by) God's wounds!