noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term used to refer to a Jew.

Origin of yid

1885–90; < Yiddish yid Jew; compare Middle High German jude, jüde

Usage note

Although this is a highly offensive slur in English, the Yiddish word from which the English word derives is not derogatory.
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offensive, slang a derogatory word for a Jew

Word Origin for yid

C20: probably from Yiddish, from Middle High German Jude Jew
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Word Origin and History for yid


generally derogatory term for a Jew, 1874, from Yiddish use, where it is complimentary (see Yiddish).

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