shkotz

Alternative Spellings

shkots

Definitions

  • berating term for a mischievous Jewish boy

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

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

Dictionaries

None

Notes

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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