interjection Etymology: euphemism for Jesus Date: 1927 — used as a mild oath

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • jeepers — ☆ jeepers [jē′pərz ] interj. [euphemistic alteration of Jesus] used to express mild surprise or as a mild oath: also Now Rare jeepers creepers …   English World dictionary

  • jeepers — 1900, Amer.Eng., euphemistic alteration of JESUS (Cf. Jesus) …   Etymology dictionary

  • jeepers — /jee peuhrz/, interj. (used as a mild exclamation of surprise or emotion.) Also, jeepers creepers /kree peuhrz/. [1925 30, Amer.; euphemistic alter. of Jesus] * * * …   Universalium

  • jeepers — oh, gee whiz, gosh    Jeepers! I don t know what to say …   English idioms

  • jeepers — (also jeepers creepers) exclamation informal, chiefly N. Amer. expressing surprise or alarm. Origin 1920s: alt. of Jesus …   English new terms dictionary

  • jeepers — interjection used to express surprise …   Wiktionary

  • jeepers — interj. (North American) exclamation expressing surprise or alarm or of frustration …   English contemporary dictionary

  • jeepers — jee·pers …   English syllables

  • jeepers — jee•pers [[t]ˈdʒi pərz[/t]] interj. (used as a mild exclamation of surprise or emotion.) • Etymology: 1925–30, amer.; euphemistic alter. of Jesus …   From formal English to slang

  • JEEPERS — int. US sl. expressing surprise etc. Etymology: corrupt. of Jesus …   Useful english dictionary

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