gol·​ly | \ ˈgä-lē How to pronounce golly (audio) \

Definition of golly

used as a mild oath or to express surprise usually used in the phrase by golly

First Known Use of golly

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for golly

euphemism for God

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The first known use of golly was in 1775

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“Golly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/golly. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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old-fashioned used to express mild surprise

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