oy

Definitions

  • exclamation of dismay, exasperation, or surprise

Example Sentences

  • "Oy, how am I going to get this all done before Friday?"

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

אױ

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

See also: gevald

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