Jewish

[ joo-ish ]
/ ˈdʒu ɪʃ /
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adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of the Jews or Judaism: Jewish customs.
Informal. Yiddish.

noun

Informal. Yiddish.

Origin of Jewish

1540–50; Jew + -ish1; compare Old English iudēisc < Late Latin iudē(us) Jew + Old English -isc -ish1
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Jewish

/ (ˈdʒuːɪʃ) /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of Jews

noun

a less common word for Yiddish
Derived FormsJewishly, adverbJewishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for jewish

Jewish


adj.

1540s, from Jew + -ish. Old English had Iudeisc; early Middle English used Judewish, Judeish (late 12c.). Figurative use in reference to extortionate money-lending attested by c.1600.

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