- a type of punk rock featuring violent, racist lyrics, associated especially with skinheads.
Origin of Oi
- opportunistic infection.
- (used to express dismay, pain, annoyance, grief, etc.)
Origin of oy1
Examples from the Web for oi
Contemporary Examples of oi
But Oi Town Assembly Chairman Kinya Shintani criticized the central government for its inconsistency.
Oi Mayor Shinobu Tokioka maintained a cautious stance, just saying, "I'm not in a position to comment."
Historical Examples of oi
Oi'm a 'and comb-maker, I sez, and the trade's bin killed this dozen years.Recollections
David Christie Murray
Oi asked him where yo wur, an' he said ye'd gone out to see th' parade.
Nivver a drame, me b'y, fer Oi wasn't aslape at all, at all.
Oi'll swear to it, Frankie—Oi'll swear on a stack av Boibles.
It's a bit av a walk we'd better take in th' open air, Oi think.
- British a cry used to attract attention, esp in an aggressive way
- of or relating to a form of punk rock popular esp among skinheads in the late 1970s and 1980s
- NZ another name for grey-faced petrel
Word Origin for oi
1962, vulgar or working class pronunciation of hoy a call or shout to attract attention.
Yiddish exclamation of dismay, 1892, American English. Extended form oy vey (1959) includes Yiddish vey, from German Weh "woe" (see woe).