ikey

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ike +‎ -y, representing a colloquial abbreviation of Isaac.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ikey (plural ikeys)

  1. A Jew.
    • 1906, Banjo Paterson, Wisdom of Hafiz
      My son, if you go to the races to battle with Ikey and Mo,
      Remember, it's seldom the pigeon can pick out the eye of the crow;

Adjective[edit]

ikey (comparative more ikey, superlative most ikey)

  1. (slang, derogatory)Jewish’, seen in a derogatory sense; cunning, supercilious.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 10
      Clara had always been ‘ikey’ – reserved and superior.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
      What Arthur Griffith said about the headpiece over the Freeman leader: a homerule sun rising up in the northwest from the laneway behind the bank of Ireland. He prolonged his pleased smile. Ikey touch that: homerule sun rising up in the northwest.

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