- (used to express dismay, pain, annoyance, grief, etc.)
Origin of oy1
Borrowed into English from Yiddish around 1890–95
- a grandchild.
- Obsolete. a nephew or niece.
Origin of oy2
1425–75; late Middle English (north and Scots) o(o), oy(e) < Scots Gaelic ogha; see O'
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Examples from the Web for oy
I urge my Republican friends … I look forward to working with leaders of both parties … Oy.Advice for Obama: Forget Bulworth. Try Rambo.
May 18, 2013
You put the id back in Yid, Portnoy instructed, and you come to understand the “oy” in goy.Who Is Philip Roth’s Portnoy Satirizing?
August 28, 2012
Oy Vey: On Tuesday, Mr. Kanye Kardashian revealed a song for his girlfriend, Kim.
Now, by the 12 e. as ea is to ai: so is so to oy: and therefore, by the grant, so is uo to oy.
Therefore seeing that uo, and os, are proportionall to oy, they are both equall.
The sound of oi or oy is dipthongal, composed of the third or broad a, and ee.Dissertation on the English Language
Noah Webster, Jr.
And then she says, 'You're Doyvy, oyn't you, that had the ax-nent?'
Then oy shall go and play with The Boys, because the forg's a-stoarping.
Word Origin and History for oy
Yiddish exclamation of dismay, 1892, American English. Extended form oy vey (1959) includes Yiddish vey, from German Weh "woe" (see woe).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper