gad·​zooks gad-ˈzüks How to pronounce gadzooks (audio) -ˈzu̇ks How to pronounce gadzooks (audio)
often capitalized
used as a mild oath

Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1652, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gadzooks was circa 1652

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“Gadzooks.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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