Part of speech: exclamation
Origin: English, late 17th century
An exclamation of surprise or annoyance.
Examples of Gadzooks in a sentence
"Gadzooks! This coffee is hot!"
"I was just walking down the street, and gadzooks, it starting pouring!"
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Gadzooks is an exclamation (sometimes known as an interjection). This part of speech is a word or short phrase that can stand on its own, grammatically. It's used to insert surprise, excitement, or even pain and sadness. Anything that packs a punch — like the "pows!" and "bams!" of the old Batman cartoons.
Did you Know?
In the same family as "cheers," "good grief," "hooray," "kaboom," and "yabba dabba doo," "gadzooks" has a more religious origin story. It's an alteration of "God's hooks," i.e. the nails that held Jesus to the cross. Just like invoking a holy figure in your swears, "gadzooks" fits a similar purpose.