Meaning of CRIMINY in English

Pronunciation: ' kri-m ə -n ē , ' kr ī -

Function: interjection

Etymology: perhaps alteration of jiminy, gemini, mild oath, probably euphemism for Late Latin Jesu domine Jesus Lord!

Date: 1681

― used as a mild oath or to express surprise

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