Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • interjection Used to express surprise or annoyance.

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  • interjection slang Exclamation of fright, incredibility, shock, surprise or anger.

Etymologies

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

[Alteration of Jesus.]

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Shortened form of Jesus. A minced oath.

Examples

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  • After more than 50 years of using this term, it just dawned on me that it's short for "jesus," as in bejeezus, a.k.a. "bejesus."

    I'll have to remember not to use this around church people anymore.

    October 15, 2007

  • In this area it sometimes morphs into jeez o man. I have no idea what that is. ;-)

    October 15, 2007

  • I always hear jeez oh pete's.

    October 15, 2007

  • I've also heard "jeez-o peez-o," which I like very much.

    October 15, 2007

  • Skipv, honestly, who can live without this word?

    October 16, 2007

  • Well, apparently not me. I must have used it 20 times today. I mean, jeez...

    October 16, 2007

  • i like "jeez louise" myself.

    October 16, 2007

  • I always wondered about that Louise.

    October 16, 2007

  • Being the non-religious sort, I prefer "jiminy," short for "jiminy cricket," as an alternative.

    October 16, 2007

  • Hmm.... still religious, apparently:

    "exclamation of surprise, 1803, a disguised oath, probably for Jesu Domine "Jesus Lord." Extended form jiminy cricket is attested from 1848"

    (from www.etymonline.com)

    That Jesu sure gets around.

    October 16, 2007