Probably formed by infixation of nonsense syllables into criminy
- (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?
- Dwight Bolinger (1986) Intonation and its parts: melody in spoken English, ISBN 0804712417, page 86