Definition of golly in English:


(also by golly)


dated, informal
  • Used to express surprise or delight.

    ‘“Golly! Is that the time?”’
    • ‘Nevertheless, we had arrived in Paradise and by golly, was I excited.’
    • ‘And by golly, all weekend long and for nearly the entirety of the coming week, we'll be basking underneath blue skies and 68-degree weather.’
    • ‘I think we're doing it but, by golly, you don't do that in six years.’
    • ‘But by golly, if you believe it, that's good enough for me.’
    • ‘But by golly, I am not old enough to start shaving my chin, yet.’


Late 18th century: euphemism for God.