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- Expressing mild emotion, such as exasperation or frustration.
- Lordy! Where's he off to now?
- 1889 July 11, Herbert Tidd Bradley, “Fo' He am de Lord of de blue and de gray”, in America: A Journal for Americans, volume 2, page 453:
- Aunt Betty graciously permitted this. She always did; but if the forgetful old man wandered for a moment away from his theme she brought him back with a surreptitious: “Lordy! yo' ole head done filled wid me yit."
- Expressing strong emotion, such as amazement.
- 1863 March, “A horrible scrape”, in The Southern Literary Messenger, volume 37, page 172:
- Lordy! Call your dogs off, call your dogs off! Oh! Lordy! call em off quick! quick!
Often used in a combination like “Oh Lordy Lord” or even repeated “Oh Lordy, Lordy Lord”.