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Meaning of "zounds" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD ZOUNDS

Euphemistic shortening of God's wounds.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF ZOUNDS

zounds  [zaʊndz] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF ZOUNDS

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Zounds is an exclamation.
Exclamation is an expression or voice that reflects an emotion or exaltation.

WHAT DOES ZOUNDS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Zounds

Zounds are an English anarcho punk/post-punk band from Reading formed in 1977. Originally, they were part of the cassette culture movement, releasing material on the Fuck Off Records label, and were also involved in the squatting and free festival scene. The name of the band is derived from the old English minced oath coined by William Shakespeare: "zounds", which is a contraction of "God's wounds", referring to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ, formerly used as a mildly blasphemous oath.

Definition of zounds in the English dictionary

The definition of zounds in the dictionary is a mild oath indicating surprise, indignation, etc.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH ZOUNDS


bands
bændz
Bonds
bɒndz
bounds
baʊndz
diamonds
ˈdaɪəməndz
ends
ɛndz
funds
fʌndz
grounds
ˈɡraʊndz
hands
hændz
hounds
haʊndz
Islands
ˈaɪləndz
lands
lændz
Netherlands
ˈnɛðələndz
petropounds
ˈpɛtrəʊˌpaʊndz
seconds
ˈsekəndz
showgrounds
ˈʃəʊˌɡraʊndz
sounds
saʊndz
surrounds
səˈraʊndz
swounds
zwaʊndz
thousands
ˈθaʊzəndz
weekends
ˌwiːkˈɛndz

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE ZOUNDS

zorbing
zorbonaut
zorgite
zori
zorilla
zorille
zorino
Zorn
Zoroaster
Zoroastrian
Zoroastrianism
Zoroastrism
Zorrilla y Moral
zorro
zoster
Zouave
Zoug
zouk
zowie
zoysia

WORDS THAT END LIKE ZOUNDS

Barren Grounds
beat the bounds
Bury St Edmunds
by leaps and bounds
Cahokia Mounds
coffee grounds
electronic transfer of funds
feeding grounds
go the rounds
hare and hounds
lick one´s wounds
managed funds
master of foxhounds
master of hounds
out of bounds
ride to hounds
rub salt into someone´s wounds
run with the hare and hunt with the hounds
the hounds

Synonyms and antonyms of zounds in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «zounds» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF ZOUNDS

Find out the translation of zounds to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
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Translator English - Chinese

zounds
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

zounds
570 millions of speakers

English

zounds
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

zounds
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

zounds
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Zounds
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

zounds
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বিরক্তি ও ধিক্কারসূচক অভিব্যক্তি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

morbleu
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Zarah
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

zounds
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

zounds
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

생겨난
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Zounds
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

zounds
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சினத்தைக் குறிக்கும் குரல்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

झुंड
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

olur şey değil
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

caspita
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Zounds
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Zounds
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

la naiba
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

Zounds
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

zounds
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

zounds
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ZOUNDS
5 millions of speakers

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «ZOUNDS»

The term «zounds» is regularly used and occupies the 64.091 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about zounds

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «ZOUNDS»

Discover the use of zounds in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to zounds and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Pronouncing Shakespeare's Words: A Guide from A to Zounds
A sensible and straightforward guide for students, teachers, and actors of Shakespeare.
Dale F. Coye, 2014
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Zounds!: The Kids' Guide to Sound Making
Explains how to utilize the mouth and voice in forming and imitating animal, musical instrument, and environmental sounds.
Frederick R. Newman, 1983
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ZOUNDS!: A Browser's Dictionary of Interjections
Perfect for both word lovers and the casual reader, ZOUNDS! brings together the linguistic talents of Mark Dunn, author of the award-winning novel Ella Minnow Pea, and the graphic hilarity of Sergio Aragonés, the legendary cartoonist and ...
Mark Dunn, Sergio Aragones, 2013
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The Knickerbocker; Or, New-York Monthly Magazine
ODD-ZOUNDS !' thought we, on glancing at the subject of the ensuing piscatory epistle, ' what can all this outcry mean!' But that exclamatory query we shall permit JULIAN himself to answer, in his own peculiar way: ' GAMMON !' said HARRY.
John Holmes Agnew, Washington Irving, 1844
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The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine
JULIAN,' said he, ' Come and breakfast to-morrow upon ' Zounds and Sounds.' ' Zounds and Sounds!' said 1, I shall be delighted! What a charming dish ! I remember of -——' ' And JULE,' said HARRY, interrupting me, ' perhaps FANNY would ...
‎1844
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Zounds Demystified: Lyrics and Notes
But those are just labels, I'm not that bothered what people call it really." -Steve Lake, June 2013 This is part Steve's autobiography, part band history and part insiders story of the 1980's UK anarcho punk scene.
Steve Lake, 2013
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The Works of William Shakespeare: King Henry VIII. Troilus ...
'Zounds, ye whore! is black so base a hue? Sweet blowse, you are a beauteous blossom, sure. Dem. Villain, what hast thou done? Aar. That which thou canst not undo. Chi. Thou hast undone our mother. 75 Aar. Villain, I have done thy mother  ...
William Shakespeare, William George Clark, William Aldis Wright, 1865
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The Secret Memoirs of an Illustrious Princess: Or, The Royal ...
Zounds, I'm the happiest dog in the world ! So lucky in my schemes ; so much promptitude, foresight, genius, reflection, resolution, art, grace, interest, with a thousand at ceteras ; zounds I am a wonderful fellow. Boy, bring me two bottles of  ...
John Agg, 1813
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The Tour of the World in Eighty Days
In addition, Butcher chooses to transfer the SL exclamation 'Pardieu!' to the TT, thus conveying a sense of Passepartout's Frenchness to the TC, while White shows individual choice in rendering it as 'Zounds!' The latter term is categorized as ...
Jules Verne, Jules Verne, Stephen White, Kieran O'Driscoll, Norman Wolcott, Norman M. Wolcott, 2009
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The School for Scandal and Other Plays
Why, zounds, you have not married the duenna! DUENNA (kneeling) O dear papa! You'll not disown me sure! JEROME Papa! Dear papa! Why, zounds, your impudence is as great as your ugliness. ISAAC Rise, my charmer. Go throw your  ...
Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 1998

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «ZOUNDS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term zounds is used in the context of the following news items.
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Zounds opens second location in Sterling Heights
Also pictured is Zounds Administrator, Kelly Ellis, Community and Professional Relationships Manager Linda Colton, and the Sterling Heights Regional ... «The Macomb Daily, Jun 15»
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Zounds Hearing, Inc. Opens 200th Store
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zounds Hearing, Inc., the fastest-growing hearing aid company in the U.S. with corporate and franchise locations from coast to ... «Business Wire, Jun 15»
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Zounds: The Curse Of ZoundsThe Curse Of Zounds (1981)
Zounds were an anarchist peace punk band on Crass' label in the late 70s. Knowing this, it may surprise you that Zounds are unlike anything you've ever heard ... «Punknews.org, May 15»
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Zounds Hearing celebrates opening of West Shore retail store
A hearing aid store in Lower Allen Twp. is holding a grand opening this week as well as a ribbon-cutting on Friday to celebrate the new store. Zounds Hearing ... «PennLive.com, May 15»
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Local franchise owner expands hearing aid business
The owner of Zounds Hearing in Centerville has expanded his franchise business south, and acquired a second location in Montgomery, in suburban Cincinnati. «Hamilton Journal News, Mar 15»
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Zounds Hearing 'helping good people' through entrepreneurship
Opening two stores at one time was hard, scary and very stressful, but Eric Petterson has no regrets. Owner of Zounds Hearing in Clarkston and Dearborn, ... «The Oakland Press, Feb 15»
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Centerville medical franchise acquires Cincinnati store, eyes growth
Gary Cornett, who owns Zounds Hearing at 1001 Main St. in Centerville, has bought the existing Zounds location at 9901 Montgomery Rd. in Cincinnati. «Dayton Business Journal, Jan 15»
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Zounds Hearing Inc. Announces the Enza, a New in-the-Ear Hearing …
TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zounds Hearing, Inc., the fastest growing hearing aid franchise in the US, announces the newest addition to its product line, ... «Business Wire, Dec 14»
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Zounds! Every Season of 'American Horror Story' Is Connected
With one character from "American Horror Story: Asylum" currently appearing on "American Horror Story: Freak Show" (with another – played by Lily Rabe – set ... «Moviefone, Nov 14»
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Zounds Hearing of Chattanooga opening on Gunbarrel
(From left to right) Zounds Hearing of Chattanooga owners Glenn and Betsy Bird with Zounds Hearing CEO and founder Sam Thomasson at Zounds Hearing ... «Nooga.com, Oct 14»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Zounds [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/zounds>. Jan 2021 ».
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