Expressing surprise or indignation.
- ‘Her faith - contrary to elite and popular belief about belief - is intelligent, exacting, and (zounds!) relevant.’
- ‘Though confusingly three different and variously incompatible recordable DVD formats are created resulting in some unnecessary duplication of effort, zounds!’
Late 16th century: contraction from (God)'s wounds (i.e., those of Jesus Christ on the Cross).