Definitions

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  • interj. Used as an exclamation of astonishment, or as an emphasis of fact at the conclusion of a statement.

Etymologies

Thought to be an alliterative substitute for Christ (contracted from Christ kill me) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And here is why that's relevant: Cameron almost certainly says "crikey" at the vital moment.

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  • Australia has made many unique contributions to the English language, from "crikey" to "fair dinkum."

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  • And if you substitute 'crikey' for blimey you'll be auditioning for neighbours in no time.

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  • VAUSE (voice-over): Those who know him best, the man who turned "crikey" into a catchphrase and spent a lifetime trying to make crocodiles, snakes and sharks loveable, died doing what he loved most of all.

    CNN Transcript Sep 4, 2006

  • VAUSE: Those who know him best, the man who turned "crikey" into a catch phrase and spent a lifetime trying to make crocodiles, snakes and sharks loveable, died doing what he loved most of all.

    CNN Transcript Sep 4, 2006

  • And those who know him best say the man who turned "crikey" into a catchphrase, who spent a lifetime trying to make crocodiles, snakes and sharks loveable, died doing what he loved most of all -- John.

    CNN Transcript Sep 4, 2006

  • Veteran peak oil analyst and taskforce member Jeremy Leggett explained: "Government has gone from the BP position - '40 years of supply left, the price mechanism works, no need to worry' - to 'crikey'."

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  • "Government has gone from the BP position - '40 years of supply left, the price mechanism works, no need to worry' - to 'crikey'," he said.

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  • Rick Monroe of the staff of, who participated in a closed-door UK government summit on oil supply March 22, summarized the recent awakening of official realization: "Government has gone from the BP position - '40 years of supply left, the price mechanism works, no need to worry' - to 'crikey'."

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  • If he's in a tough spot, for example if a nuclear bomb goes off in the distance, make sure he says something like "crikey" or "bugger me" to express his astonishment at such an unexpected event.

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  • Yes!

    June 10, 2014

  • What bilby proposes so lightly
    Is blasphemy understood rightly.
    It would fail to chime
    With beguiling rhyme
    And be altogether unsightly.

    It would not dance but would limp
    Or subside in a prosaic lump.
    It would not be bright
    With the lambent light
    That is cast by the rhymester's lamp.

    June 10, 2014

  • I think we should have a new form of limerick. Instead of the traditional rhyming scheme of AABBA if should be ABCCD but where ABD have vowel variations. Whaddyareckon? In this proposed form crikey, croaky and creaky spring to mind.
    And I know qms is the right person to concoct the exemplar.

    June 10, 2014

  • Australians are a perplexing folk.
    When a swagman meets a similar bloke
    Do you mean it's not likely
    They'd both bellow "crikey!"
    Unless they are playing an Aussie joke?

    June 9, 2014

  • I would have said this word has almost disappeared except for iornoic usage by people lampooning Australians. But then I had dinner with the mayor last week and he used it about a dozen times in 90 minutes. Crikey!

    June 9, 2014

  • See also www_crikey_com_au

    April 16, 2008

  • He was a mean one, all right. ;-)

    October 12, 2007

  • BLAHAHAHAHA!!!

    October 12, 2007

  • 'Cause, you know, that's totally something Christ went around doing. ;-)

    October 11, 2007

  • Came from "Christ kill me".

    October 11, 2007