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or sheeney, sheenie

[shee-nee] /ˈʃi ni/
noun, plural sheenies. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Jew.
Origin of sheeny2
First recorded in 1810-20; origin obscure Unabridged
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noun (pl) sheenies
(slang) a derogatory word for a Jew
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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: one of those Sheeny employment bureaus


  1. A Jew
  2. A pawnbroker, tailor, junkman, or member of another traditionally Jewish occupation

[1816+; origin unknown; perhaps fr non-Jewish hearing of Yiddish miesse meshina, a curse; perhaps fr Yiddish shayn or sheen, ''beautiful,'' because this is the way a merchant would praise his wares]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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