gadzooks

interjection, often capitalized
gad·​zooks | \ gad-ˈzüks How to pronounce gadzooks (audio) , -ˈzu̇ks How to pronounce gadzooks (audio) \

Definition of gadzooks

archaic
used as a mild oath

First Known Use of gadzooks

circa 1652, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gadzooks

perhaps from God's hooks, the nails of the Crucifixion

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The first known use of gadzooks was circa 1652

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“Gadzooks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gadzooks. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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