sheygets (SHEY-gitz) listen


  • n. "1. A non-Jewish boy. 2. An impudent youth or man. 3. An irreligious or nonobservant Jew. The term is often regarded as disparaging." (Steinmetz)

Example Sentences

  • "Sure, he's a sheygets, but such a nice man."

  • "The kid who went off the derech is such a shkutz."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Yiddish שײגעץ sheygets, from Hebrew שקץ shekets 'abomination'; Yiddish plural שקאָצים shkotsim

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


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


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      shkatz, shcutz, shkutz, shkotzim, shkotsim, shegetz, shaygetz, shaygets, shkuts, shcuts, shkats, sheigetz, sheigets, sheygetz


  • Plural shkotsim.

    See also shiksa.

    Pronunciation in Yiddish may be influenced by Judeo-French.

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