goyishe kop

Pronunciations

goyishe kop (GOY-ihsh-eh KUHP) listen

Definitions

  • n. Someone who fails to use his/her head; a dull mind. Someone who thinks like a non-Jew. Lit. "non-Jewish head."

Example Sentences

  • "Maybe She’s No Shiksa, but It Looks Like She Has a Goyishe Kop" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • גוייִשער קאָפּ goisher kop 'lit. non-Jewish head'

    • Who Uses This

      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).

      Alternative Spellings

      goyisha kopf, goyisher kop, goyisheh kop

Notes

  • "kopf" is the German spelling.

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