zounds

[ zoundz ]
/ zaʊndz /

interjection Archaic.

(used as a mild oath.)

Origin of zounds

First recorded in 1590–1600; variant of 'swounds
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zounds

swounds (zwaʊndz, zaʊndz)

/ (zaʊndz) /

interjection

archaic a mild oath indicating surprise, indignation, etc

Word Origin for zounds

C16: euphemistic shortening of God's wounds
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