- blimey by 1889, probably a corruption of (God) blind me! First attested in a slang dictionary which defines it as "an apparently meaningless, abusive term."
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blimey — ► EXCLAMATION Brit. informal ▪ expressing surprise, excitement, or alarm. ORIGIN altered form of God blind (or blame) me! … English terms dictionary
blimey — [blī′mē] interj. [contr. < (God) blind me] Brit. used to express surprise, wonder, etc … English World dictionary
Blimey — Another exclamation of surprise. My Dad used to say Gawd Blimey or Gor Blimey or even Cor Blimey . It is all a corruption of the oath God Blind Me … The American's guide to speaking British
blimey — [[t]bla͟ɪmi[/t]] EXCLAM (feelings) You say blimey when you are surprised by something or feel strongly about it. [BRIT, INFORMAL] We walked all the way to Moseley. Blimey! … English dictionary
blimey — interjection /ˈblaɪmi/ Expressing anger, surprise, excitement, etc. Blimey! I didnt see that! … Wiktionary
blimey — bli|mey [ˈblaımi] interjection BrE spoken informal [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: blind me! or blame me!] used to express surprise ▪ Blimey, look at that! … Dictionary of contemporary English
blimey — BrE spoken used to express surprise: Blimey, look at that! … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
blimey! — Exclam. An exclamation of surprise. An abbreviated form of blind me. Cf. cor blimey … English slang and colloquialisms
BLIMEY — int. (also cor blimey) Brit. coarse sl. an expression of surprise, contempt, etc. Etymology: corrupt. of (God) blind me! … Useful english dictionary
blimey — /bluy mee/, interj. Brit. Informal. (used to express surprise or excitement.) Also, blimy. [1885 90; orig. reduced form of blind me, as ellipsis from God blind me; cf. GORBLIMEY] * * * … Universalium