Definitions

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

  • interj. Used to express mild surprise or delight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. A mild expression of surprise or enthusiasm as to be put in place of “God”, particularly in fear of saying the Lord’s name in vain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A minced oath, commonly in the phrase by gosh.

Etymologies

Alteration of God.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Euphemism (or minced oath) for god. First seen in 1757 as by gosh, probably from by gosse in Udall's Ralph Roister Doister (c. 1553) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (I know it's a substitution swear, but gosh is it fun to say on its own, too.)

    mrissa: fake swears

  • My gosh is he so power hungry that he and his wife just can't fade off into the sunset and grow old together peacefully?

    Bill Clinton says Chelsea may go into politics

  • My gosh, is anyone uncertain about how big a victory the Demo Party will win come 4/11/08, no matter who the candidate is.?

    Obama finale at GOP convention site

  • Those things cost the combined output of several star systems just to build, and if you have to take over the whole imperial senate just to get the power to make one, gosh, is it really worth it?

    Calgon, Take Me Away

  • I guess during her hiatus she had her foot surgically taken out of her mouth so she wouldn't make any more dumb and stupid comments, gosh, is there a spot for her on Sat Nite Live or Comedy Central why they both 'splain away why they sat in this guy's church, Rev. Wright who said all of the wrong things, gosh, I wonder what they would say and try to' splain away if they are really doing international diplomatic relations ...

    Mum's the word for Michelle on Rev. Wright

  • Respect that little bit of what Dean calls the gosh-wows.

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch » 2010 » February » 04

  • Oh, gosh, that is the worst, isn't it, trying to shovel snow across the country?

    CNN Transcript Jan 9, 2010

  • Question 3: Those who always say that we are in Iraq for the oil (gosh, that is really getting old), are you for or against ANWR?

    In New Letter, Clinton's Lawyers Demand ABC Yank Film

  • WHITFIELD: Oh, my gosh, that is extraordinary, and that really has become the case for a lot of people across the country.

    CNN Transcript May 24, 2008

  • Oh, my gosh, that is almost the name of the Al Gore ...

    CNN Transcript Nov 23, 2007

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