(used as a mild oath.)
zounds, sir, do you call it civilization to see hundreds of fields turned out to persimmon bushes and broom sedge?
The Jucklins Opie Read
zounds, says the Surgeon in a surprize, what, my Wife dine at your House!
The Tricks of the Town: or, Ways and Means of getting Money John Thomson
zounds, Sir John, the keepers are abroad; I was hard by ’em.
A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume 10 (of 15) Various
“zounds, Cleland, you got the worst of it there,” cried a gentleman in a flaxen wig.
Devereux, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
“zounds; but you look like a little tigress,” he exclaimed, admiringly.
Madeline Payne, the Detective’s Daughter Lawrence L. Lynch
zounds, I don’t see why I shouldn’t burn a house as well as Whitecraft.
Willy Reilly William Carleton
zounds,” said the master, “I will go as I may, but not in a perpendicular line; I am not a mathematician.
The Visions of Quevedo Dom Francisco de Quevedo
zounds, you are the commander here, Captain; we will go wherever you please.
The Buccaneer Chief Gustave Aimard
Hearing which, the countess called out to the cook, “zounds, you must set the house on fire but it shall be roasted!”
Royalty Restored J. Fitzgerald Molloy
“zounds, I should think not,” answered the triumphant governor.
The Red and the Black Stendhal
(archaic) a mild oath indicating surprise, indignation, etc
c.1600, oath of surprise or anger, altered from (by) God’s wounds!
a brand name for acyclovir.
(used to express keen pleasure, astonishment, approval, etc.) Contemporary Examples Wowzie, zowie, that was quite a throw-down at McCain and Graham. Ya Think Susan Rice Is Happy Today? Michael Tomasky November 13, 2012 Historical Examples And, zowie, how the second will lay for you and hand it to you! Left Tackle Thayer Ralph Henry Barbour […]
any of several low-growing grasses of the genus Zoysia, especially Z. matrella, native to tropical Asia and widely used for lawns. noun any creeping perennial grass of the genus Zoysia, of warm dry regions, having short stiffly pointed leaves: often used for lawns