- a term used by a Jew to refer to someone who is not Jewish.
- a term used by an observant Jew to refer to a Jew who is not religious or is ignorant of Judaism.
Origin of goy
Examples from the Web for goy
You put the id back in Yid, Portnoy instructed, and you come to understand the “oy” in goy.Who Is Philip Roth’s Portnoy Satirizing?
August 28, 2012
The narrator calls two of the men "Bill the Goy" and "Clyde the Schlub."Must Read New Fiction: ‘Arcadia,’ ‘Men in Space,’ ‘The O’Briens,’ ‘Hot Pink’
Chloë Schama, Jacob Silverman, Wendy Smith, Daniel Roberts
March 23, 2012
Two in particular, Agasaki and Goy, are thus described by Kmpfer.The History of Prostitution
William W. Sanger
In the eyes of the Goy he's something peculiar, something disgraceful!
The indefatigable litigant, the brilliant engineer, to whom ideas, goy!The Entailed Hat
George Alfred Townsend
Because the man who did it, is a wicked brute who by accident is a Jew, and might just as well have been a Goy.
- a Jewish word for a gentile
Word Origin and History for goy
"gentile, non-Jew" (plural goyim), 1835, from Hebrew goy "people, nation;" in Mishnaic and Modern Hebrew, also "gentile."