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interjection gol·ly \ˈgä-lē\

Simple Definition of golly

  • —used to express mild surprise

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of golly

  1. —used as a mild oath or to express surprise ; usually used in the phrase by golly

Origin and Etymology of golly

euphemism for God

First Known Use: 1775

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