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See also: 'zounds
- IPA(key): /zuːndz/, /zaʊndz/
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- Rhymes: -uːndz, -aʊndz
- (minced oath, chiefly dated) Expressing anger, surprise, assertion etc.
- c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- '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?"