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


Informal. Yiddish.

Origin of Jewish

1540–50; Jew + -ish1; compare Old English iudēisc < Late Latin iudē(us) Jew + Old English -isc -ish1
Related formsJew·ish·ly, adverban·ti-Jew·ish, adjectivehalf-Jew·ish, adjectivenon-Jew·ish, adjectivepre-Jew·ish, adjectivepro-Jew·ish, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for jewish

Contemporary Examples of jewish

Historical Examples of jewish

  • Through the teaching of Moses he was to become the sole Master of the Jewish race.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • Passing the Jewish cemetery, Kate and Harry paused a moment.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • It may have had to do with the future history of the Jewish men who composed that band.

    Miracles of Our Lord

    George MacDonald

  • If you have a mind to rat, rat sans phrase, and run over to the Jewish side.

  • How strange it seems to have—all of us—to say with the Jewish poet: I have been young, and now am old!

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for jewish



of, relating to, or characteristic of Jews


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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper