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noun, plural shee·neys. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. sheeny2.
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or shee·ney, shee·nie

noun, plural shee·nies. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Jew.
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Origin of sheeny2

First recorded in 1810–20; origin obscure
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British Dictionary definitions for sheeney


noun plural sheenies
  1. slang a derogatory word for a Jew
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Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for sheeney


"a Jew," 1816, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Russian zhid, Polish żyd, Czech zid "a Jew." Now a vulgar term of abuse, but used before c.1870 by Jews and Gentiles without intent of insult.

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