interj. An exclamation of admiration or surprise.
interj. An exclamation of pity or dismay.
interj. An exclamation denoting scorn and sarcasm.
Sarcastic: “So he’s on the committee for the annual picnic. Ai-ai-ai.” (NJY)
“'And I even was in a group who went to the Vatican,” beamed Olinsky, 'where we had an audience with the pope!' 'Ai-ai-ai! The pope! … What does he look like?' 'A fine man, thin, spiritual, I figure a size 38, short.'" (NJY)
Languages of Origin
אײַ אײַ אײַ
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
Who Uses This
ai-yi-yi, ai ai ai, ai yi yi
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