zoinks

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The earliest and most commonly known usage of this term is in the American cartoon Scooby-Doo, where it was used regularly by one of the main characters, Norville "Shaggy" Rogers ([1]).

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Interjection[edit]

zoinks

  1. Expressing surprise, fear, etc.
    • 1998 March 28, David W Miller, “Re: Slang (was: REVIEW: Vampire Science)”, in rec.arts.drwho, Usenet[2]:
      Oh Zoinks! This really smurfs things up for me! Well, at least I now know why many of my friends might feel my slang isn't as radicool as I do.
    • 2012, Michael W. Messer, Forever Sixteen (page 39)
      After gulping hard, I said aloud, “Zoinks.” I was expecting a big black crow to peck out my eyes, or a woman to hang herself out the second story window.

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