• n. Berating term for a mischievous Jewish boy.

Example Sentences

  • "This in turn yielded in America — to the best of my knowledge, it is not found in European Yiddish — the back formation “shkotz” as a variant form of sheygetz." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Yiddish שקאָץ shkots 'mischievous person, jokester,' a variant of שײגעץ sheygets 'non-Jewish boy; mischievous boy (often an ironic term of endearment for a Jewish boy),' which is derived from Biblical Hebrew שקץ shekets 'a detestable thing'

    • Who Uses This

      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
      • Ethnic: Jews whose Jewish identity is primarily ethnic


      • Great Britain


      • None

      Alternative Spellings



  • Sheygetz/sheygets (plural shkotsim, same as the plural of this word) is in some of the print Jewish-English lexicons, but shkotz is not.

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