- a type of punk rock featuring violent, racist lyrics, associated especially with skinheads.
Origin of Oi
First recorded in 1975–80; of disputed orig.
- opportunistic infection.
- (used to express dismay, pain, annoyance, grief, etc.)
Origin of oy1
Borrowed into English from Yiddish around 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for oi
But Oi Town Assembly Chairman Kinya Shintani criticized the central government for its inconsistency.
Oi Mayor Shinobu Tokioka maintained a cautious stance, just saying, "I'm not in a position to comment."
Oi'm a 'and comb-maker, I sez, and the trade's bin killed this dozen years.Recollections
David Christie Murray
Oi asked him where yo wur, an' he said ye'd gone out to see th' parade.
Nivver a drame, me b'y, fer Oi wasn't aslape at all, at all.
Oi'll swear to it, Frankie—Oi'll swear on a stack av Boibles.
It's a bit av a walk we'd better take in th' open air, Oi think.
- British a cry used to attract attention, esp in an aggressive way
- of or relating to a form of punk rock popular esp among skinheads in the late 1970s and 1980s
- NZ another name for grey-faced petrel
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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.
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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