Definition of zounds in English:

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Pronunciation: /zaʊndz/


archaic or humorous
Expressing surprise or indignation: ‘Zounds,’ said the Admiral, ‘it goes on for ever.’
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  • Though confusingly three different and variously incompatible recordable DVD formats are created resulting in some unnecessary duplication of effort, zounds!
  • Her faith - contrary to elite and popular belief about belief - is intelligent, exacting, and (zounds!) relevant.


Late 16th century: contraction from (God)'s wounds (i.e. those of Christ on the Cross).

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