oy

1

or oi

[ oi ]
/ ɔɪ /
|

interjection

(used to express dismay, pain, annoyance, grief, etc.)

Origin of oy

1
Borrowed into English from Yiddish around 1890–95

Definition for oy (2 of 2)

oy

2

or oe

[ oi ]
/ ɔɪ /

noun Scot.

a grandchild.
Obsolete. a nephew or niece.

Origin of oy

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1425–75; late Middle English (north and Scots) o(o), oy(e) < Scots Gaelic ogha; see O'
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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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