Definition of crikey in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrīkē/ /ˈkraɪki/

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informal British
  • An expression of surprise.

    • ‘Crikey! I never thought I'd see you again’
    • ‘If David Weinberger (to pick an example) wants to shill for Dean, more power to him, by crikey!’
    • ‘Even the band went ocker as the crowd screamed for more, the singer drawling, Jeez youse are loud, crikey!’
    • ‘It might not be clever but, crikey, it sounds like fun.’
    • ‘But I caught a bit of his press conference today, and crikey, if that was him on his last legs, imagine how he must have been as a younger man!’
    • ‘Reality TV has taken over our airwaves and - by crikey - tears were imminent.’
    • ‘Oh crikey, I thought, not another Parent Torture Association raffle.’
    • ‘Well, as I find myself increasingly saying during conversations with the glamorous Spartist, crikey.’
    • ‘And by crikey, doesn't she look highly delighted at this thoughtful gesture?’
    • ‘Oh dear crikey, I think I've managed to rile my next door neighbour more than he's riled me, which is quite nice.’
    • ‘So does every other Right Thinking Citizen, and by crikey, they're making sure that those somethings are heard.’
    • ‘By crikey, I thought, Simon did the best one there, which is fantastic.’
    • ‘I had it on the Amiga, and by crikey, it was a great game.’
    • ‘Here's a song from the mighty mighty Billy Bragg that you probably've heard, but if not, you shoulda, by crikey.’


Mid 19th century euphemism for Christ.