oy vey



  • interj. Exclamation of dismay, exasperation, or surprise.

Example Sentences

  • "Oy vey, Jessica is such a pretty and smart girl. Why can't she find a husband already?"

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • אױ װײ oy vey 'oh woe'

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      oi vey, oi vei, oi vay

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