crim·​i·​ny ˈkri-mə-nē How to pronounce criminy (audio)
used as a mild oath or to express surprise

Word History


perhaps alteration of jiminy, gemini, mild oath, probably euphemism for Late Latin Jesu domine Jesus Lord!

First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of criminy was in 1681

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Cite this Entry

“Criminy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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