Definition of gosh in English:



  • 1Used to express surprise or give emphasis.

    ‘gosh, it's freezing!’
    • ‘It's far from the most charitable - or politically correct - portrait of women, but gosh, it's done with panache.’
    • ‘What is unforgivable though is the pointless gumph when Aragorn falls in to the river and drifts off, only, gosh, he returns just in time for the battle.’
    • ‘But gosh, you know, they don't seem so bad, particularly the cute white one Willard adopts and names Socrates.’
    • ‘And I've just finished eating, gosh, about six mouthfuls.’
    • ‘You read an article in a newspaper and you think, ‘Oh my gosh, a boy's been beaten up,’ but you never for one second think it's going to be on your own doorstep.’
    • ‘He issues a command and all of them get up and… oh my gosh!’
    • ‘‘Oh gosh, the tiles,’ Montano said with a roll of her eyes, when asked what she liked most about the renovation.’
    • ‘He should have come home, found the dog with the leash and started yelling and running around the neighborhood, oh my gosh!’
    • ‘Clark has been to, gosh, thousands of funerals over the years, but he's not the sort to let that much grief affect him.’
    • ‘Oh, gosh, that reminds me, I meant to say, I've been updating my wishlist…’
    • ‘Oh my gosh, somebody isn't going to get much sleep tonight!’
    • ‘His voice has changed a bit, but, gosh, he's nearly 59.’
    • ‘They get their calculations checked by a few scientists, who say ‘by gosh, they might be right’’
    • ‘I looked on a map, for Calgary, and then thought ‘Oh gosh, it's at the other side of Canada!’’
    • ‘I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this guy I so admired has voted for me’.’
    • ‘I'll show her bold side a bit more, ooooo, I just got an idea… oh my gosh!’
    • ‘When you slow down enough to examine those ideas, you might realize, Oh my gosh!’
    • ‘Oh, gosh, but it was hard to get going when I woke this morning.’
    • ‘Sometimes when you do that, you realise, ‘Oh my gosh, that was pretty bad’.’
    • ‘So I don't need to boast… but gosh, it's so difficult not to do.’
    1. 1.1North American Used as a euphemism for ‘God’
      ‘a gosh-awful team’
      • ‘That it's not a gosh-awful mess is reason for celebration.’
      • ‘First the oil companies scour the freaking globe, going to the most gosh-forsaken dangerous places on earth to find the stuff.’


Mid 18th century: euphemism for God.