goy

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See also: Goy, göy, gøy, and goþ

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Yiddish גוי(goy, gentile), from Hebrew גּוֹי(goi, nation).

Compare Exodus 19:6: ממלכת כהנים וגוי קדוש (mamlekhet kohanim wegoy qadosh, [] a kingdom of priests and a holy nation) (referring to the Jewish people). The word goy technically refers not to non-Jews, but rather to a nation per se; the Jews are said to constitute a “goy”. But through common usage – namely referring to "the [other non-Jewish] nations" – the word came to colloquially refer to non-Jews.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡɔɪ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔɪ

Noun[edit]

goy (plural goyim or goys or goyem)

  1. (sometimes offensive) A non-Jew, a gentile.
    Synonyms: akum, gentile, shegetz, shkotz
    Hyponym: (female) shiksa
    • 1988, Anthony Burgess, Any Old Iron:
      I don’t think that marriage is working, but I’m not going to be stupid about it and say she shouldn’t have married a goy.

Usage notes[edit]

This noun is sometimes taken to be offensive; speakers wishing to avoid offense may prefer the term gentile (sometimes capitalized as Gentile) or simply non-Jew.

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Anguthimri[edit]

Noun[edit]

goy

  1. (Mpakwithi) buck wallaby

References[edit]

  • Terry Crowley, The Mpakwithi dialect of Anguthimri (1981), page 186

Ladino[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hebrew גוי‎.

Noun[edit]

goy m (Latin spelling, Hebrew spelling גוי‎, plural goyim, feminine goya)

  1. goy, gentile, non-Jew

Further reading[edit]

  • Aitor García Moreno, editor (2013–), “goy, yá”, in Diccionario Histórico Judeoespañol (in Spanish), CSIC
  • Aitor García Moreno, editor (2013–), “goyim”, in Diccionario Histórico Judeoespañol (in Spanish), CSIC

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

goy m or f (plural goys)

  1. Alternative spelling of gói

Etymology 2[edit]

Possibly by influence from English guy, by association with gay.

Noun[edit]

goy m (plural goys)

  1. a homossexual male who does not assume himself as such; gay

References[edit]

  • "Goy" in Dicionário Informal.