criminently

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably formed by infixation of nonsense syllables into criminy

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): kɹɑɪməˈnetlɨ

Interjection[edit]

criminently

  1. (US) An expression of annoyance or surprise
    • 1946, Odell Shepard, Holdfast Gaines, page 343:
      "Criminently!" Bean's voice rang out so that all the listening room could hear him. "They's baout thutty slant-eyed rats in hyar [] "
    • 1985, Ray Bradbury, Death is a Lonely Business, page 198:
      "Criminently," said Crumley. "Look at the mob."
    • 2005, Tennessee Williams, “The Big Game”, in Mister Paradise and other one-act plays, page 101:
      I wanta take a look at the stars! JOE [astonished]: At the stars! Criminently! Is that all?

References[edit]

  • 1986, Dwight Bolinger, Intonation and its parts: melody in spoken English[1], ISBN 0804712417: