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Jewish

[joo-ish] /ˈdʒu ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Jews or Judaism:
Jewish customs.
2.
Informal. Yiddish.
noun
3.
Informal. Yiddish.
Origin of Jewish
1540-1550
1540-50; Jew + -ish1; compare Old English iudēisc < Late Latin iudē(us) Jew + Old English -isc -ish1
Related forms
Jewishly, adverb
anti-Jewish, adjective
half-Jewish, adjective
non-Jewish, adjective
pre-Jewish, adjective
pro-Jewish, adjective
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  • Through the teaching of Moses he was to become the sole Master of the Jewish race.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • Passing the Jewish cemetery, Kate and Harry paused a moment.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • It may have had to do with the future history of the Jewish men who composed that band.

    Miracles of Our Lord George MacDonald
  • If you have a mind to rat, rat sans phrase, and run over to the Jewish side.

  • How strange it seems to have—all of us—to say with the Jewish poet: I have been young, and now am old!

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for Jewish

Jewish

/ˈdʒuːɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Jews
noun
2.
a less common word for Yiddish
Derived Forms
Jewishly, adverb
Jewishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for Jewish
adj.

1540s, from Jew + -ish. Old English had Iudeisc; early Middle English used Judewish, Judeish (late 12c.). Figurative use in reference to extortionate money-lending attested by c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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