Jewdar

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Jew +‎ -dar

Noun[edit]

Jewdar (uncountable)

  1. (slang) The supposed ability of a person to be able to detect or intuitively sense whether another person is a Jew.
    • 2001, Ophira Edut, "Bubbe Got Back: Tales of a Jewess with Caboose", in Yentl's Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism (ed. Danya Ruttenberg), Seal Press (2001), ISBN 9781580050579, page 30:
      And slap on a gag order if we dare say that these traits triggered our "Jewdar" (my Semitic equivalent of gaydar) and allowed us to identify someone as a fellow Jew.
    • 2011, Lawrence Douglas, The Vices, Other Press (2011), ISBN 9781590514160, unnumbered page:
      So she was Jewish. It wouldn't have occurred to me, but Melissa always faulted my Jewdar.
    • 2015, Joseph Epstein, Masters of the Games: Essays and Stories on Sport, Roman & Littlefield (2015), ISBN 9781442236547, page 82:
      The name Grossman, the physician father, the mention of Florida—my Jewdar went whirring away, strongly suggesting that he could be a member of the tribe.

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