Euphemism for God, dating from the 18th century. Possibly a compaction of “God?s body”.
* 1898 , '',
* 1906 , , Chip of the Flying U ,
- “Golly ! What would dad say if I did marry him?”
- “By golly , I don?t see how you done that without seein? it happen,” exclaimed Slim, looking very dazed and mystified.
, title=(Jeeves in the Offing
, section=chapter I, VIII, and X
, passage=“Got anybody else staying at the old snake pit?” “Five inmates in all.” “Five?” I resumed my tongue-clicking. “Golly'! Uncle Tom must be frothing at the mouth a bit,” I said, for I knew the old buster's distaste for guests in the home. Even a single weekender is sometimes enough to make him drain the bitter cup.
“Bertie! Your manner is strange.” “Your manner would be strange if you'd been sitting on the floor of Wilbert Cream's sleeping apartment with a chair round your neck, and Ma Cream had come in.” “'''Golly'''! Did she?” “In person.”
“And after I had seethed for a bit I rose from my chair, took pen in hand and wrote Bobbie a stinker.” “Oh, gosh!” “I put my whole soul into it.” “Oh, ' golly
# A type of black rag doll.
#* 1985 , , Volumes 71-72,
#* 2007 , , Littlejohn?s Britain ,
- There are pictures of the original “gollywogg” (thus spelt) from Florence Upton?s 19th century children?s books; there are examples of anti-semitic Edwardian gollies with huge noses, and all sorts of other curiosities.
# (offensive, ethnic slur) Any dark skinned person.
#* 2005 , Richard Snailham, The Blue Nile Revealed: The Story of the Great Abbai Expedition, 1968 ,
- The Golliwog Squad was also making itself busy in Worthing, Sussex. Police said they were treating as a matter of ‘priority’ a complaint about gollies being displayed in a local store. Owner John Scadgell faced charges under Section 2 of the Public Order Act, which makes it an offence to exhibit anything which could be considered threatening, abusive or insulting.
#* 2008 , Theo van Leeuwen, Discourse and Practice: New Tools for Critical Analysis ,
- “Bloody gollies !” muttered David Bromhead, provoked by the assault into bitter xenophobia.
- poked fun at the American “fashion” of “political correctness” and reassured viewers that gollies and black minstrel shows are just good, old-fashioned, innocent fun.
Nonstandard diminutive of galosh.
(UK) A galosh.
Possibly from Goliath.
(Australia, juvenile) To spit; to force up phlegm from one's throat.
[“golly'”, entry in '''1984 , Eric Partridge, ''A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English , 8th edition, reprinted 2000, ]
* 2010 , Marion Houldsworth, The Morning Side of the Hill: Growing Up in Townsville in World War II , revised edition,
- When he saw what was happening he threw down his bag, gollied up some phlegm, and spat into the sand.
(Australian slang, juvenile) Chewing gum.
(Australian slang, juvenile) Saliva or phlegm.
* 2011 , Douglas Booth, Surfing: The Ultimate Guide ,
- hack up a golly
- They had to have a spitting competition. They had to hack gollies at each other?s heads.(Abraham 1999, 53)
* golly pot
Full of high and merry spirits; jovial.
(British) a pleasure trip or excursion
(British, dated) very, extremely
* jolly well
To amuse or divert.
* jolly someone along