golly

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interjection gol·ly \ ˈgä-lē \

Definition of golly

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

Origin and Etymology of golly

euphemism for God


GOLLY Defined for English Language Learners

golly

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interjection

Definition of golly for English Language Learners

  • —used to express mild surprise


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