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gol·ly

 (gŏl′ē)
interj.
Used to express mild surprise or wonder.

[Alteration of God.]
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golly

(ˈɡɒlɪ)
interj
an exclamation of mild surprise or wonder
[C19: originally a euphemism for God]

golly

(ˈɡɒlɪ)
n, pl -lies
informal Brit short for golliwog

golly

(ˈɡɒlɪ)
vb, -lies, -lying or -lied
to spit
n, pl -lies
a gob of spit
[C20: altered from gollion a gob of phlegm, probably of imitative origin]
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gol•ly

(ˈgɒl i)

interj.
(used as a mild exclamation expressing surprise, wonder, puzzlement, or the like.)
[1840–50; euphemistic alter. of God]
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golly


Past participle: gollied
Gerund: gollying

Imperative
golly
golly
Present
I golly
you golly
he/she/it gollies
we golly
you golly
they golly
Preterite
I gollied
you gollied
he/she/it gollied
we gollied
you gollied
they gollied
Present Continuous
I am gollying
you are gollying
he/she/it is gollying
we are gollying
you are gollying
they are gollying
Present Perfect
I have gollied
you have gollied
he/she/it has gollied
we have gollied
you have gollied
they have gollied
Past Continuous
I was gollying
you were gollying
he/she/it was gollying
we were gollying
you were gollying
they were gollying
Past Perfect
I had gollied
you had gollied
he/she/it had gollied
we had gollied
you had gollied
they had gollied
Future
I will golly
you will golly
he/she/it will golly
we will golly
you will golly
they will golly
Future Perfect
I will have gollied
you will have gollied
he/she/it will have gollied
we will have gollied
you will have gollied
they will have gollied
Future Continuous
I will be gollying
you will be gollying
he/she/it will be gollying
we will be gollying
you will be gollying
they will be gollying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been gollying
you have been gollying
he/she/it has been gollying
we have been gollying
you have been gollying
they have been gollying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been gollying
you will have been gollying
he/she/it will have been gollying
we will have been gollying
you will have been gollying
they will have been gollying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been gollying
you had been gollying
he/she/it had been gollying
we had been gollying
you had been gollying
they had been gollying
Conditional
I would golly
you would golly
he/she/it would golly
we would golly
you would golly
they would golly
Past Conditional
I would have gollied
you would have gollied
he/she/it would have gollied
we would have gollied
you would have gollied
they would have gollied
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Translations

golly

2 (o.f.) [ˈgɒlɪ] EXCL (Brit) (also by golly) → ¡caramba!
and by golly, he's done it too!¡vaya si lo ha hecho!, ¡anda que lo ha hecho!
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golly

[ˈgɒli] exclmince alors !
by golly! → bon sang!
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

golly

2
interj (inf)Menschenskind (inf)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

golly

[ˈgɒlɪ]
1. excl
a. golly! Have you seen the time!santo cielo! Hai visto che ora è?
golly, I didn't know he was an expert! → perbacco, non sapevo fosse un esperto!
b.per Giove
he said he'd do it, and by golly he's succeeded → ha detto che l'avrebbe fatto e, per Giove, ci è riuscito!
2. n = golliwog
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