What does Blimey mean in England? The definition of Blimey

One of the major search terms I get to this website is “What does Blimey mean in England” and “The definition of Blimey” – and mainly from people in the United States. Brits are aware of the meaning of this word. In fact, Blimey! is used often as a replacement for a swear word in daytime TV or in newspaper articles. It’s the go-to word in England when you really want to be quite sweary, but due to the time and place you are unable to.

But thanks to films like Harry Potter and TV Shows like Doctor Who, the word is in more use than ever (I even heard a young girl in an American mall say it when she dropped her soda. It was quite a moment and brought a tear to my tired and weary eyes.)

Pronunciation of Blimey

Bli-me
/ˈblīmē/

Definition of Blimey

Used to express surprise, alarm and even excitement.

Origin of Blimey

It’s origins are from the phrase “God blind me” – and in the 19th century this was shortened to Blimey!

Examples of use for “Blimey”

Blimey, look at the size of that sausage!

Blimey Harry! (as in Harry Potter)

Blimey, have you seen his face?

Blimey, she has nice pair of legs!

Blimey! is your daily dose of British news and features for anglophiles everywhere. This article was carefully written by Tim Holt, a British actor and author based in North Carolina. He misses England very much indeed, but also loves America too. Forever torn between two magnificent slices of sod.