archaic
used as a mild oath

Word History

Etymology

probably short for gadzooks (despite its later attestation)

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zooks was in 1600

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Cite this Entry

“Zooks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zooks. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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