oy gevalt

[ oige-vawlt ]

  1. (used to express dismay, pain, shock, grief, etc., or as a cry for help):I’ve had a nasty week, and, oy gevalt, it's only Monday!As I stood in shock, surrounded by broken glass, I could hear my mom shouting, "Aaron! Oy gevalt!"

Origin of oy gevalt

First recorded in 1915–20; from Yiddish oy gevald “oh woe,” from oy oy1 + gevald “force, violence”; see also herald, wield
  • Also oy [oi] /ɔɪ/ .

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