- rowdy non-Jewish hooligan (derogatory)
- "Friday night is yoks' night out"
Languages of Origin
Etymology unclear. Possibly from Yiddish יאָק '(dialectal) ninny, fool', more likely from Yiddish גוי "goy" said backwards (on Cockney slang-forming basis of "yob," a hooligan, from "boy") and with final devoicing. Another possibility is from the British city York, location of a massacre of Jews in 1190.
Who Uses This
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Great Britain, South Africa
Diminutive forms also exist in British Jewish-English, namely "yeykl" (for a male) and "yeyklte" (for a female), which make use of Yiddish suffixes.
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