oy vey iz mir

Alternative Spellings

oy vey zmir, oy veyzmir, oy vey ist mir, vey iz mir, oy vay iz mir


  • woe is me

Example Sentences

  • Oy vey iz mir, my car won't start.

Languages of Origin



אױ װײ איז מיר oy vey iz mir 'oh pain/woe is me'

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


Cf. oy vey

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