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[hahy-mee] /ˈhaɪ mi/
noun, Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Jewish male.
Origin of Hymie
Hym(an) or Yiddish khaim a male personal name (< Hebrew ḥayyīm literally, life) + -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I'm an anthro-apologist, Hymie, like Mr. Kipling," the Captain said.

    Blind Man's Lantern Allen Kim Lang
  • "I never seen nothing like it," he reported to his friend, Hymie Solomon.

    Little Aliens

    Myra Kelly
  • And you know as well as I do, Hymie, selling goods never was work to me.

    Potash & Perlmutter Montague Glass
  • Hymie's a good feller, Mawruss, and a smart business man, too.

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  • "I hope them diamonds is worth it," he murmured, handing the check to Hymie.

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  • One thing is sure, Abe, you couldn't never sell me no goods by knocking Hymie Salzman.

    Abe and Mawruss Montague Glass
  • Thus rebuked, Abe paid over the sixty dollars, and Hymie and he went back to the store.

    Potash & Perlmutter Montague Glass
  • "I thought you always got along pretty good with Sam, Hymie," Abe mumbled through a mouthful of dill pickle.

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  • To end the discussion effectually he went to the cutting-room upstairs and remained there when Hymie rang up.

    Potash & Perlmutter Montague Glass
  • Indeed, Abe had hardly returned to the show-room before Hymie entered the store door.

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Word Origin and History for Hymie



"Jewish male" (derogatory), by early 1980s, apparently originally among black Americans, from common Jewish masc. proper name Hymie, a pet form of Hyman, from Hebrew, literally "life" (the masc. counterpart of Eve).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Hymie



A Jewish male •Apparently chiefly black use: A little curly-haired Hymie pleading his case

[1980s+; fr the Jewish given name Hyman]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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