See also: Goy, göy, gøy, and goþ

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɡɔɪ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔɪ

NounEdit

goy (plural goyim or goys or goyem)

  1. A non-Jew, a gentile. (See usage notes)
    Synonyms: akum, gentile, shegetz, shkotz
    Hyponym: shiksa (female)
    • 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 notesEdit

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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LadinoEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Hebrew גוי‎.

NounEdit

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

  1. goy, gentile, non-Jew

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NounEdit

goy m, f (plural goys)

  1. Alternative spelling of gói