from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. An oath.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interj. God's nails, or His nails, that is, the nails with which the Savior was fastened to the cross; -- an ancient form of oath, corresponding to 'Od's bodikins (dim. of body, i.e., God's dear body).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An old minced oath, an abbreviation of his (Christ's) nails (with which he was nailed to the cross).


From God's nails, or His nails, i.e. those with which Jesus Christ was crucified. (Wiktionary)


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  • No, we frown on that sort of thing where I'm from.

    May 26, 2010

  • Fingersnails?

    May 26, 2010

  • As in fingernails?

    May 26, 2010

  • Shortened exclamation; "By God's nails!"

    July 9, 2008