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Jiminy

Line breaks: Jim¦iny
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɪmɪni
 
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Definition of Jiminy in English:

exclamation

Used in phrases as an expression of surprise: by Jiminy, she was right Jiminy Cricket!
More example sentences
  • Work, self-reliance and a refusal to surrender were his goals and by Jiminy, his family had to achieve them.
  • Jumping Jiminy's eyelash curlers, I'm going to be so late!
  • What in the name of Jiminy did these freaks think they were achieving?

Origin

early 19th century: alteration of Gemini used as a mild oath in the mid 17th century, a euphemistic form of Jesus (Christ).

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