oirik

Alternative Spellings

oyrik, owrik

Definitions

  • Derogatory reference to a non-Jewish male, especially a common labourer

Example Sentences

  • "We got a couple of oiriks to dig up the garden."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish, English

Etymology

English-Yiddish word for "Irishman" - derived from the sound of the dipthong "ay" in the Irish pronunciation of the word "Irish", i.e., "Oirish." + Yiddish "-ik" suffix.

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements

Regions

Great Britain

Dictionaries

None

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