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interjection
  1. oy1.

Oi

[oi]
noun
  1. a type of punk rock featuring violent, racist lyrics, associated especially with skinheads.

Origin of Oi

First recorded in 1975–80; of disputed orig.

OI

  1. opportunistic infection.

oy1

or oi

[oi]
interjection
  1. (used to express dismay, pain, annoyance, grief, etc.)

Origin of oy1

Borrowed into English from Yiddish around 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for oi

oi1

interjection
  1. British a cry used to attract attention, esp in an aggressive way
adjective
  1. of or relating to a form of punk rock popular esp among skinheads in the late 1970s and 1980s

oi2

noun plural oi
  1. NZ another name for grey-faced petrel

Word Origin

Māori
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Word Origin and History for oi

1962, vulgar or working class pronunciation of hoy a call or shout to attract attention.

oy

Yiddish exclamation of dismay, 1892, American English. Extended form oy vey (1959) includes Yiddish vey, from German Weh "woe" (see woe).

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