sheygets (SHAY-gitz) listen
sheygets (shay-GETS) listen


  • n. A non-Jewish boy.

  • n. A disrespectful youth or man.

  • n. An irreligious or nonobservant Jew.

  • n. A clever boy.

  • n. An uneducated, lazy person.

Example Sentences

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

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

  • “She’s going around with a sheygets.” (NJY)

  • “Who can say no to such a sheygets?” (NJY)

  • “You won’t study? Do you want to grow up into a sheygets?” (NJY)

  • "the yidele acted like a tough guy , the shaygetz is a chaye but next time be smart not right" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y שײגעץ sheygets; 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'

    The female counterpart is shiksa.

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