Definition of gosh in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡɒʃ/


1Used to express surprise or give emphasis: gosh, it’s freezing!
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  • He issues a command and all of them get up and… oh my gosh!
  • I'll show her bold side a bit more, ooooo, I just got an idea… oh my gosh!
  • He should have come home, found the dog with the leash and started yelling and running around the neighborhood, oh my gosh!
1.1chiefly North American Used as a euphemism for ‘God’: a gosh-awful team
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  • That it's not a gosh-awful mess is reason for celebration.
  • First the oil companies scour the freaking globe, going to the most gosh-forsaken dangerous places on earth to find the stuff.


Mid 18th century: euphemism for God.

  • God from Old English:

    The Old English word God is related to similar words in German and in Scandinavian languages, but not to the Latin and Greek words, which were deus ( see divine) and theos (as in theology (Late Middle English)). The top gallery in a theatre is known as the gods—the original term in the 1750s was the regions of the gods, because the seats were high up and therefore close to the heavens. Godfather and godmother has been used since around ad 1000. Godfather meaning ‘a leader of the American Mafia’ has been a familiar term since Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather (1969) filmed in 1972, but was first recorded in the early 1960s. The origins of the British national anthem God save the Queen (or King) are not known for sure, but the song was definitely sung in London theatres in 1745, when the country was threatened by the Jacobite uprising led by the Young Pretender, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the words and tune probably date from the previous century. ‘God save the king’ was a password in the navy as early as 1545—‘long to reign over us’ was the correct response. The exclamations gosh (mid 18th century) and golly (mid 18th century) were originally ways to avoid taking God's name in vain. See also lap

Words that rhyme with gosh

awash, Bosch, bosh, brioche, cloche, cohosh, cosh, dosh, Foch, galosh, josh, mosh, nosh, posh, quash, slosh, splosh, squash, swash, tosh, wash

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