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Hymie

[hahy-mee]
noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Jewish male.
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Origin of Hymie

Hym(an) or Yiddish khaim a male personal name (< Hebrew ḥayyīm literally, life) + -ie
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Examples from the Web for hymie

Historical Examples

  • "I'm an anthro-apologist, Hymie, like Mr. Kipling," the Captain said.

    Blind Man's Lantern

    Allen Kim Lang

  • "I never seen nothing like it," he reported to his friend, Hymie Solomon.

    Little Aliens

    Myra Kelly

  • And you know as well as I do, Hymie, selling goods never was work to me.

  • "I hope them diamonds is worth it," he murmured, handing the check to Hymie.

  • Hymie's a good feller, Mawruss, and a smart business man, too.


Word Origin and History for hymie

n.

"Jewish male" (derogatory), by early 1980s, apparently originally among black Americans, from common Jewish masc. proper name Hymie, a pet form of Hyman, from Hebrew, literally "life" (the masc. counterpart of Eve).

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