used as a mild oath

Word History


euphemism for God's wounds

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zounds was in 1592

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Cite this Entry

“Zounds.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


used as a mild oath

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