Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used to express mild surprise or wonder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Abbreviation of golliwog:
  • n. A galosh.

Etymologies

Alteration of God.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Euphemism for God, dating from the 18th century. Possibly a compaction of “God′s body”. (Wiktionary)
From golliwog. (Wiktionary)
Nonstandard diminutive of galosh. (Wiktionary)
Possibly from Goliath. This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Hack up a golly" sounds disturbing as it is, but after those examples...

    October 25, 2012

  • A couple of those Wiktionary entries are disturbing (and I don't mean the one about chewing gum).

    October 25, 2012

  • As in "Good Golly, Miss Molly!".

    January 21, 2007