shiksa

Alternative Spellings

shikse, schickza, shikza, schikza

Definitions

  • "1. A non-Jewish girl. 2. A housemaid. 3. An irreligious or nonobservant Jewish girl. The term is often regarded as disparaging." (Steinmetz)

Example Sentences

  • "She's a really nice girl but, she's a shiksa."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

שיקסע shíkse, from Heb שקץ shékets 'abomination'

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

Notes

Traditionally a derogatory word, but some attempts have been made to reappropriate it in recent years. See also sheygets.

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