zounds

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Etymology[edit]

Abbreviation of God's wounds, with reference to Christ's wounds before the crucifixion. Compare strewth, blimey, gadzooks, 'sblood, crikey.

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zounds

  1. (chiefly dated) Expressing anger, surprise, assertion etc.
    • 1597, Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet"
      'Zounds, a dog, a rat, a mouse, a cat, to scratch a man to death!
    • 1870, R.M. Ballantyne, "The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands"
      Bounds, mounds, lounds, founds, kounds, downds, rounds, pounds, zounds! — hounds — ha! hounds — I have it.
    • 1900, J.C. Hutcheson, "Bob Strong's Holidays"
      "Zounds!" he exclaimed. "What the dickens is that?"

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