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(used in exclamatory phrases as a mild oath.)
Historical Examples

Halfway down the stairs I asked it again, and again received no answer save a zooks!
By order of the company Mary Johnston

zooks, parson, you remember how he recommended the veather o’ her to me.
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling Henry Fielding

Gad′so, an exclamation of surprise; Gad′zooks, an obsolete minced oath.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M) Various

“zooks, my young miss,” quoth Gay after the solace of a pinch of snuff.
Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce

King zooks was fond of his wife and fond of his daughter, and when he was with them he did not look so fierce.
Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks

And he put a clean handkerchief into every pocket, in case he sneezed in a hurry—for King zooks was a lavish dresser.
Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks

King zooks was the last to finish, for the dinner ended with ice-cream and he was fond of it.
Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks

“There’s the gray beginning, zooks,” he muttered to himself, in half-conscious quotation.
The Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang

zooks, but it is, madam, a very great while: to a man that admires a fine woman as much as I do.
Love for Love William Congreve


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