or shee·ney, shee·nie
- a contemptuous term used to refer to a Jew.
Origin of sheeny2
First recorded in 1810–20; origin obscure
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- slang a derogatory word for a Jew
C19: of unknown origin
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper