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oi

[oi]
interjection
  1. oy1.
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Oi

[oi]
noun
  1. a type of punk rock featuring violent, racist lyrics, associated especially with skinheads.
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Origin of Oi

First recorded in 1975–80; of disputed orig.

OI

  1. opportunistic infection.
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oy

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or oi

[oi]
interjection
  1. (used to express dismay, pain, annoyance, grief, etc.)
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Origin of oy

1
Borrowed into English from Yiddish around 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for oi

oi

1
interjection
  1. British a cry used to attract attention, esp in an aggressive way
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a form of punk rock popular esp among skinheads in the late 1970s and 1980s
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oi

2
noun plural oi
  1. NZ another name for grey-faced petrel
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Word Origin for oi

Māori
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Word Origin and History for oi

1962, vulgar or working class pronunciation of hoy a call or shout to attract attention.

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oy

Yiddish exclamation of dismay, 1892, American English. Extended form oy vey (1959) includes Yiddish vey, from German Weh "woe" (see woe).

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