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Etymology edit

From Jew +‎ -ish. Compare Middle English Judewissh (Jewish), Old English Iūdēisċ (Jewish), Dutch joodsch, joods (Jewish), German jüdisch (Jewish), Danish jødisk (Jewish), Swedish judisk (Jewish), Gothic 𐌾𐌿𐌳𐌰𐌹𐍅𐌹𐍃𐌺𐍃 (judaiwisks, Jewish). See also Yiddish.

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  • enPR: jo͞oʹ-ĭsh, IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒuː.ɪʃ/
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  • Rhymes: -uːɪʃ

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Jewish (comparative more Jewish, superlative most Jewish)

  1. Being a Jew, or relating to Jews, their ethnicity, religion or culture.
    • 2009, Irene Silverblatt, “Foreword”, in Andrew B. Fisher, Matthew D. O'hara, editors, Imperial Subjects: Race and Identity in Colonial Latin America, page xi:
      The notion of blood purity was first elaborated in Europe, where it was used to separate Old Christians from Spain’s New Christians—women and men of Jewish and Muslim origin whose ancestors had converted to Christianity.
  2. Yiddish.

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Jewish (plural Jewishes)

  1. (non-native speakers' English, proscribed) A Jew.
    • 2022 November 26, ArgieSocDem, Twitter[1], archived from the original on 2022-12-09:
      The Statue of Liberty. A French gift with a poem made by a Jewish.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:Jewish.

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  1. (informal, proscribed) The Yiddish or Hebrew language.
    • quoted in 1947, William Lloyd Warner, Leo Srole, The Social Systems of American Ethnic Groups (page 232)
      I can't speak Jewish; I can't even understand it.

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