goy or goi [goi] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun, plural goy·im [goi-im] /ˈgɔɪ ɪm/, goys. Usually Disparaging. a term used by a Jew to refer to someone who is not Jewish. a term used by an observant Jew to refer to a Jew who is not religious or is ignorant of Judaism. Liberaldictionary.com

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  • Origin of goy 1835–45; Yiddish Hebrew goi nation, non-Jew, Jew ignorant of the Jewish religionRelated formsgoy·ish, adjectiveUsage note Use of this term usually implies a contempt for non-Jews as being different from or even inferior to Jews: Only a goy would use such faulty logic. goy is rarely used in a neutral, descriptive way as a synonym for gentile , though that is its meaning in Yiddish and Hebrew. In another usually disparaging usage, goy is applied to a Jew who is not observant. Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for goy Contemporary Examples of goy

  • You put the id back in Yid, Portnoy instructed, and you come to understand the “oy” in goy.

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  • The narrator calls two of the men “Bill the Goy” and “Clyde the Schlub.”

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  • Historical Examples of goy

  • Two in particular, Agasaki and Goy, are thus described by Kmpfer.

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  • In the eyes of the Goy he’s something peculiar, something disgraceful!

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  • The indefatigable litigant, the brilliant engineer, to whom ideas, goy!

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  • Because the man who did it, is a wicked brute who by accident is a Jew, and might just as well have been a Goy.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for goy goy noun plural goyim (ˈɡɔɪɪm) or goys a Jewish word for a gentile Derived Formsgoyish, adjectiveWord Origin for goy from Yiddish, from Hebrew goi people Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for goy n.

    “gentile, non-Jew” (plural goyim), 1835, from Hebrew goy “people, nation;” in Mishnaic and Modern Hebrew, also “gentile.”

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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