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goy

[ goi ]
/ gɔɪ /
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noun, plural goy·im [goi-im], /ˈgɔɪ ɪm/, goys.Usually Disparaging.
a term used by a Jew to refer to someone who is not Jewish.
a term used by an observant Jew to refer to a Jew who is not religious or is ignorant of Judaism.
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Origin of goy

First recorded in 1835–45; from Yiddish, from Hebrew goi “nation, non-Jew, Jew ignorant of the Jewish religion”

usage note for goy

Use of this term usually implies a contempt for non-Jews as being different from or even inferior to Jews: Only a goy would use such faulty logic. goy is rarely used in a neutral, descriptive way as a synonym for gentile , though that is its meaning in Yiddish and Hebrew. In another usually disparaging usage, goy is applied to a Jew who is not observant.

OTHER WORDS FROM goy

goyish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for goy

goy
/ (ɡɔɪ) /

noun plural goyim (ˈɡɔɪɪm) or goys
a Jewish word for a gentile

Derived forms of goy

goyish, adjective

Word Origin for goy

from Yiddish, from Hebrew goi people
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