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criminy

Syllabification: crim·i·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈkrīmənē
 
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Definition of criminy in English:

exclamation

US informal
Used to express surprise or disbelief: criminy, what is this world coming to?
More example sentences
  • I realize they need to pick up on every point they can, but criminy.
  • I hate to sound like Mitch Robbins on the edge of a midlife crisis but criminy, what is this world coming to?

Origin

late 17th century (as crimine): origin uncertain; perhaps an alteration ofChrist, perhaps from Italiancrimine 'crime'.

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