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oy2

or oe

[oi] /ɔɪ/
noun, Scot.
1.
a grandchild.
2.
Obsolete. a nephew or niece.
Origin of oy2
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English (north and Scots) o(o), oy(e) < Scots Gaelic ogha; see O'
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interjection

an exclamation of dismay or exasperation; also written oi ; also called oy vay , oy vey

Examples

It is snowing again! Oy!

Word Origin

Yiddish

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Word Origin and History for oys

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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Slang definitions & phrases for oys

oy

interjection

An exclamation of multiple significance: Oy may be employed to express anything from ecstasy to horror

[1892+; fr Hebrew]

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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