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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!
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in periodicals archive ?
Earlier this month a shop in Goathland, North Yorkshire, rebranded its golly dolls as 'Jolly Gollies' because it claimed the new name meant it wasn't racist.
I grew up with - another pened to gollies. And also with Jemima - another stupid-looking doll that happened to be white.
"We just wanted to stimulate debate and gollies are a perfect example of an innocent child's toy that's been transformed into something sinister by the politically correct brigade.
A FAVOURITE toyshop for generations of young Royals has been blasted for selling gollies.
"Our customers have all been really supportive and we're doing a great trade in Gollies," she said.
Yesterday, Watt Brothers were selling Jolly Gollies glitterballs in their Sauchiehall Street store.
I TOTALLY agree with the letter (ECHO, Oct 17) re: bring back gollies. I also grew up with Hollie Hobbie and golly dolls, along with other toys that are now making a comeback.
GOLLIES sold in a North-East high street have sparked a race row.
THE item in the Daily Post of April 6 titled "Gollies Not So Jolly" has created much interest as we saw from the letters column of April 9.
He said yesterday that gollies were victims of political correctness, and added: "For generations, they have been loved by children the world over.
In the prologue, he says he came across the gollies he was pictured with at a Ludlow market in 2010.
While holidaying in Scotland about four years ago I couldn't believe it when I saw a shop window full of gollies. I went straight in and purchased one, bringing back memories of my childhood.