cri·​key | \ ˈkrī-kē How to pronounce crikey (audio) \
variants: or less commonly crickey \ ˈkri-​kē How to pronounce crickey (audio) \

Definition of crikey

used as a mild oath

First Known Use of crikey

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crikey

euphemism for Christ

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“Crikey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crikey

chiefly British used to express mild surprise

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