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[jim-uh-nee] /ˈdʒɪm ə ni/

(a mild exclamation of surprise, emotion, or awe.)

an exclamation of surprise
Word Origin

alter. of Gemini

exclamation of surprise, 1803, a disguised oath, perhaps for Jesu Domine “Jesus Lord.” Extended form jiminy cricket is attested from 1848 and suggests Jesus Christ (cf. also Jiminy Christmas, 1890).


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