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Jew

[ joo ]
/ dʒu /
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noun
one of a scattered group of people that traces its descent from the Biblical Hebrews or from postexilic adherents of Judaism; Israelite.
a person whose religion is Judaism.
a subject of the ancient kingdom of Judah.
adjective
Offensive. of Jews; Jewish.
verb (used with object)
(lowercase)Offensive. to bargain sharply with; beat down in price (often followed by down).
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Origin of Jew

1125–75; Middle English jewe, giu, gyu, ju<Old French juiu, juieu, gyu<Late Latin judēus,Latin jūdaeus<Greek ioudaîos<Aramaic yehūdāi<Hebrew Yəhūdhī, derivative of YəhūdhāhJudah; replacing Old English iūdēas Jews <Late Latin jūdē(us) + Old English -as plural ending

usage note for Jew

The adjectival use of Jew, as in the phrase Jew boy, is now perceived as insulting; the adjective Jewish should be used instead. The verb jew (down) is also perceived as offensive, because it perpetuates the stereotype of the shrewd Jewish moneylender or haggler. Originally, however, both the adjective and the verb were used in a neutral way by Jews and non-Jews.

OTHER WORDS FROM Jew

non-Jew, noun

Other definitions for Jew (2 of 2)

Jew.

abbreviation
Jewish.
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How to use Jew in a sentence

  • He could never resist the pleading look of a pretty woman, and if she “jewed” him twenty per cent.

    Western Characters|J. L. McConnel
  • He did not trust the brother of Tomaso, who had been too easily jewed down in his price, Johnny thought.

    Skyrider|B. M. Bower

British Dictionary definitions for Jew

Jew
/ (dʒuː) /

noun
a member of the Semitic people who claim descent from the ancient Hebrew people of Israel, are spread throughout the world, and are linked by cultural or religious ties
a person whose religion is Judaism
See also Hebrew, Israeli

Word Origin for Jew

C12: from Old French juiu, from Latin jūdaeus, from Greek ioudaios, from Hebrew yehūdī, from yehūdāh Judah
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