Archaic used as a mild oath
Origin of Gadzooks; from God's hooks, nails of the Cross
Used as a mild or ironic oath.
Origin of gadzooksPerhaps alteration of God's hooks, the nails of the crucifixion of Jesus.
- (archaic) An expression of surprise, shock etc.
Contraction of God’s hooks, with reference to the nails of the crucifixion of Jesus.