Meaning of zounds in English:


Pronunciation /zaʊndz/


archaic, humorous
  • Expressing surprise or indignation.

    ‘‘Zounds,’ said the Admiral, ‘it goes on for ever.’’
    • ‘Though confusingly three different and variously incompatible recordable DVD formats are created resulting in some unnecessary duplication of effort, zounds!’
    • ‘Her faith - contrary to elite and popular belief about belief - is intelligent, exacting, and (zounds!) relevant.’


Late 16th century contraction from (God)'s wounds (i.e. those of Christ on the Cross).