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gorry | gormy |

As an interjection gorry

is (archaic|euphemistic) god!.

As an adjective gormy is

clumsy, awkward, ungainly, klutzy or gormy can be .




(en interjection)
  • (archaic, euphemistic) God!
  • *{{quote-book, year=1903, author=(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin, title=The Village Watch-Tower, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=She hedn't any particular kind of a nose nor mouth nor eyes, but gorry ! when she looked at yer, yer felt kind as if yer was turnin' to putty inside." }}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1912, author=Gouverneur Morris, title=IT and Other Stories, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage="By gorry !" says I; "you're right. }}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1920, author=Franklin P. Adams, title=Something Else Again, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=No mollycoddle swain am I. I shall not sit and pine, by gorry ! }}



    Etymology 1

    Related to the largely synonymous word (m).


  • Clumsy, awkward, ungainly, klutzy.
  • * 1990 , John Gould, There Goes Maine! (ISBN 0393245691), page 1187:
  • And not always with finesse — the Lombard clanked and churned, and a man who is like a regular Lombard may be a bit gormy and sometimes apply brute strength when he might do the work easier if he'd stop and think a little.
  • * 1990 , Maurice Shadbolt, Monday's Warriors: A Novel (ISBN 0879239158), page 5:
  • Kimball was never one to argue with a comrade's eyes and ears, not even those of a gormy jeezer like Connolly.
  • * 2009 , Stephen King, Under the Dome: A Novel (ISBN 1439148503), page 682:
  • The Killian boy was carrying a chair, and making difficulties with it; he was what old-time Yankees would have called “a gormy lad.”
  • * 2010 , Pat Cunningham, A London Werewolf in America (ISBN 1606017713), page 32:
  • Just the sort of place gormy Eugene would pick to hold a family get-together.
  • * (seeCites)
  • Synonyms
    * gorming


    * John Gould, ?Lillian Ross, Maine lingo: boiled owls, billdads & wazzats (1975), page 114 * Sidney Oldall Addy, A Supplement to the Sheffield Glossary , volume 22, issue 2 (1891), page 24

    Etymology 2

    From (m)/ (see those entries for more).


  • * 1914 , Edward Henry Peple, The prince chap, a comedy in three acts (1992 reprint ISBN: 5877390015), page 50:
  • The first thing you have got to do is to wash them gormy 'ands
  • * 1916 , Clarke Abigail, Edward Everett Hale at Harvard College'', part IV, in ''The Unitarian Register , volume 95, page 583:
  • "When I bought my tamarinds I eat one or two and then discovered that I had left my handkerchief at home, my hands were a little gormy , so I washed them in Frog Pond."


    * Mildred Jordan Brooks, Southern stuff: down-home talk and bodacious lore (ISBN 0380764911), page 59: gormy, adj. Sticky or smeary. "Who wants to pick up a youngun all gormy with butter and 'lasses?" * Bennett Wood Green, Word-book of Virginia Folk-speech (1912), page 202: Gormy, adj. Smeary; sticky.