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crikey

Class:

exclamation | interjection

Etymology:

Thought to be an alliterative substitute for Christ (contracted from Christ kill...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Crikey

an Australian electronic magazine comprising a website and email newsletter available to subscribers. Well known in Australian political, media and business circles, Crikey was described by former Federal Opposition Leader Mark Latham as the "most... (35 of 533 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Crikey

Collins Dictionary:

crikey [slang]

an expression of surprise (4 of 364 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/crikey

Oxford Dictionary:

crikey

Syllabification: (cri¬∑key) | [British, informal] | an expression of surprise (8 of 39 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/crikey

crikey [British, informal]

an expression of surprise (4 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/crikey

Merriam-Webster:

crikey | crickey

[mild oath] (2 of 29 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/crikey

Wiktionary:

crikey | criminy [synonym] | cripes [synonym] | crivvens [synonym]

Used as an exclamation of astonishment, or as an emphasis of fact at the conclusion of a statement. (18 of 22 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/crikey

Random House Dictionary:

crikey

(used as an exclamation of surprise, amazement, dismay, etc.) (9 of 14 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/crikey

Cambridge Dictionary:

crikey [British, old-fashioned informal]

an expression of surprise (4 of 11 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/crikey

Macmillan British Dictionary:

crikey [British, informal, dated]

used for expressing surprise or anger (6 of 11 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/crikey

New World Dictionary:

crikey [British, slang]

used to express surprise, wonder, etc. (6 of 8 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/crikey

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

crikey

Origin: Thought to be an alliterative substitute for Christ (contracted from Christ kill me)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/crikey

Online Etymology:

crikey

First use: 1838

Origin: exclamation, probably one of the many substitutions for "Christ".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=crikey

Oxford Dictionary:

crikey

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: euphemism for "Christ"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/crikey

Christ

Origin: Old English Crīst, from Latin Christus, from Greek Khristos, noun use of an adjective meaning "anointed", from khriein ... (18 of 23 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/Christ

Collins Dictionary:

crikey [slang]

First use: 19th century

Origin: euphemistic for Christ!

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/crikey

Merriam-Webster:

crikey | crickey

First use: 1838

Origin: euphemism for Christ

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/crikey

Christ

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English Crist, from Old English, from Latin Christus, from Greek Christos, literally, anointed, from chriein

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/christ

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

crikey [slang]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "crikey"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/crikey

Macmillan British Dictionary:

crikey [British, informal, dated]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "crikey"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/crikey

Cambridge Dictionary:

crikey [British, old-fashioned informal]

Audio: British English pronunuciation of "crikey"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/crikey

Google Dictionary:

crikey

Audio: English pronunciation of "crikey"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=crikey

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

crikey

Audio: North American pronunciation of "crikey"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=crikey​01 word=crikey

YourDictionary Audio:

crikey

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "crikey"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/crikey

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