[ goi ]
/ gɔɪ /

noun, plural goy·im, gois.

Nearby words

  1. goglet,
  2. gogo,
  3. gogol,
  4. gogra,
  5. gohonzon,
  6. goidel,
  7. goidelic,
  8. going,
  9. going for one,
  10. going my way


or goi

[ goi ]
/ gɔɪ /

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.

Origin of goy

1835–45; < Yiddish < Hebrew goi nation, non-Jew, Jew ignorant of the Jewish religion

Related formsgoy·ish, adjective

Usage note

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for goyim


/ (ɡɔɪ) /

noun plural goyim (ˈɡɔɪɪm) or goys

a Jewish word for a gentile
Derived Formsgoyish, adjective

Word Origin for goy

from Yiddish, from Hebrew goi people

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