Green’s Dictionary of Slang

jiminy! excl.

also jeemeny! jemeny! jeminy! jemminy! jimmany jim! jimmini! jimminy! jimmy!

a euph. for Jesus! and used as such in oaths.

[UK]D’Urfey Commonwealth of Women Epilogue: Oh jemminy! what is the cause of that?
[UK]D’Urfey Comical Hist. of Don Quixote Pt 2 IV i: Ah Gimminy, I could eat the Letter up methinks.
[UK]J. Catnach Tom and Jerry’s Rambles Through Paris 1: O! jemminy, you would have laughd ’t see this glorious rout.
[UK] ‘That’s About the Size of It’ Nancy Dawson’s Cabinet of Songs 26: Oh, jeminy – that’s about the size of it.
[UK]B. Webster Miseries of Human Life Act I: Oh! Jeminy! the partridge I left roasting.
[US]Melville Moby Dick (1907) 154: Jimmini, what a squall!
[UK]C. Reade Hard Cash I 124: ‘O jiminy!’ This polite ejaculation was drawn out by the speaker’s sudden recognition of Alfred.
[US]Night Side of N.Y. 121: He had just rescued a ‘butt’ from a watery grave in the gutter. ‘Jeminy! don’t chaps about town smoke ’em awful short now’days!’.
[UK]Kendal Mercury 9 Mar. 4/2: ‘Oh, jimminy! but you are green’.
[US]E. Eggleston Mystery of Metropolisville 242: Jemeny! they’s five hundred people livin’ on Gray’s claim.
[US]Donaldson Chief (LA) 23 Mar. 1/2: Well then, by Jimminy Pelt, by dad, by hokey, by the long-armed spoon, by jocks.
[UK]Besant & Rice Seamy Side II 262: ‘Oh, jeminy!’ says the judge – crafty old man that! – ‘here’s artfulness!’.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 18 Dec. 2/2: Flora Moore [says]: Jimmany jim! Marie Prescott: Drat it!
[US]Iola Register (KS) 21 Dec. 9/5: Santa Claus! Jimminyjinks!
[UK]F.W. Hume Hagar of the Pawn-Shop 97: ‘Jiminy!’ said the imp.
[UK]Marvel 15 May 15: ‘Jiminy!’ exclaimed Fred.
[UK]Marvel 12 Dec. 8: But, jiminy, I’ve got a notion!
[UK]A.N. Lyons Hookey 144: An’ – an’ my jimmy! wh-what an ugly copper it was as t-took me away!
[US]St Louis Republican (MO) 5 June 11/1: Oh, my jiminy, she said somsin’ aw-ful!
[US]L. Pound ‘Dialect Speech in Nebraska’ in DN III:i 62: Jeminy, interj. Used like Jehoshaphat.
[US]Marion Dly Mirror (OH) 27 June 12/5: ‘Gee whiz! Jeminy!’ he groaned.
[US]‘O. Henry’ ‘Psyche & the Pskyscraper’ in Strictly Business (1915) 180: Why, Jiminy! we might as well be in New Jersey!
[US]C.E. Mulford Bar-20 Days 29: Yumping Yimminy! Luk at dat fallar!
[US](con. 1900s) S. Lewis Elmer Gantry 76: Jiminy! You’d go way beyond me!
[US]G. Milburn ‘The Old 99’ Hobo’s Hornbook 175: The old 99 came down the track [...] And she blew – / Key-rist Jim-i-ny how she blew!
[US]R. van Buren ‘Abbie an’ Slats’ [comic strip] Jiminy! What a pan!
[US]B. Cerf Anything For a Laugh 96: ‘Jiminy, Seth,’ screamed a hillbilly bride.
[Aus]Cusack & James Come in Spinner (1960) 151: Jiminy! This time her drink tasted horrible.
[UK]‘Frank Richards’ Billy Bunter at Butlins 4: Oh, crikey! Oh, lor’ Oh, jiminy!
J. Krakauer Into the Wild (1997) 158: ‘Oh, jiminy,’ Stuckey replied.

In exclamations

by jiminy! (also by Jim! by jimminie! by Jimminy! by Jimmy!)

a mild oath, euph. for by Jesus!

[Ire]S. Lover Legends and Stories 8: ‘By Jaiminee,’ says King O’Toole.
[US]Bartlett Dict. Americanisms 191: jiminy. By Jimmy! An exclamation. Originally, gemini, or the Castor and Pollux of ancient mythology; names by which the old Romans used to swear.
[US]‘F. Kirkland’ Pictorial Bk of Anecdotes 444: By Jim! Major, you got out of that snarl completely — slick! [DA].
[US]J.H. Beadle Western Wilds 611: Went out one fine sunny morning about the first of June, and thought, by jiminy, the whole ground was moving. Ten million hoppers to the square yard.
[US](con. c.1840) ‘Mark Twain’ Huckleberry Finn 97: And by Jimminy, away down through the texas-hall we see a light!
[US]‘Mark Twain’ Tom Sawyer, Detective Ch. II: By jimminy, it’s int’resting! I’d like to get a look at him.
[UK]H. Macilwaine Dinkinbar 32: By Jimmy! Now there you are!
[UK]Boy’s Own Paper 6 Apr. 421: Strike him for fifteen thousand, and, by Jimminie! you’ll get it.
[US]O. Johnson Varmint 75: I’ll take my medicine, but I’ll get back at them, by jiminy!
[US]Spokane Press (WA) 27 Mar. 5/3: By jimminee, we’d hunt the town over and over.
[US]S. Lewis Our Mr Wrenn (1936) 178: By jiminy, I will!
D. Runyon ‘A Tale of Two Fists’ XXIV in Pittsburgh Press (PA) 8 June 27/8: ‘My Jiminy, how it hurt!’.
[US]S. Lewis Arrowsmith 169: There – by – jiminy!
[NZ]N.Z. Truth 29 Dec. 4/6: By Jimminy — You’re beef!
[US]P. Di Donato Christ in Concrete 230: Py yimminy, sissster [sic] has got me ... Yah, she hass.
[US]S.J. Perelman ‘The Customer Is Always Wrong’ Keep It Crisp 105: By jiminy, I’ll padlock the joint!
[US]P. Thomas Down These Mean Streets (1970) 190: I’ll see you on deck, you lousy basturr. By jiminy, I break you just once in half.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 62: By jimminy! This is Hot hot!