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goy

 (goi)
n. pl. goy·im (goi′ĭm) or goys Often Offensive
A person who is not Jewish.

[Yiddish, from Hebrew gôy, Jew ignorant of the Jewish religion, non-Jew; see gwy in Semitic roots.]

goy′ish adj.

goy

(ɡɔɪ)
n, pl goyim (ˈɡɔɪɪm) or goys
(Judaism) a Jewish word for a gentile
[from Yiddish, from Hebrew goi people]
ˈgoyish, ˈgoyisch adj

goy

(gɔɪ)

n., pl. goy•im (ˈgɔɪ ɪm)
goys.
usage: This term is usually used with disparaging intent, implying a mild contempt for the attitudes, traits, and customs of non-Jews. Although it may be used in a neutral, even positive way to refer to a Christian, it almost always connotes a degree of condescension. Usually the context, such as the use of a qualifying adjective, will show the intent of the speaker.
n. Usually Disparaging.
(a term used to refer to a gentile or non-Jewish person.)
[1835–45; < Yiddish < Hebrew goi nation]
goy′ish, adj.

goy

A Yiddish word meaning person, used to mean someone who is not a Jew.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.goy - a Christian as contrasted with a Jew
Christian - a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination
shegetz - an offensive term for non-Jewish young man; "why does she like all those shkotzim?"
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Is there anything more goyish than New Year's resolutions?
They warned her against goyish singers and musicians, so she ended up with a magician who chopped a head of cabbage in two and then stuck her head in the same guillotine.
19) In Rebecca Goldstein's The Mind-Body Problem, hardly a book that extolls the virtues of Orthodoxy, the frustrated secular wife thinks of Eshes Hayil, quoted at length in the book, in sociobiological terms, but respects the tremendous sociobiological work Haredi women perform: "While liberated specimens among her goyish counterparts struggle against the myth of helplessness and the tradition of dependence, the Orthodox ayshes chayul (woman of worth) is traditionally the sole support of her (very large) family .
His early stories in The New Yorker about the transformation of Jewish cultural mores in the face of rapidly changing post- World War II US-American society enraged conservative Jewish readers who believed that Roth was holding the Jews up to goyish ridicule.
For a New Republic piece from 2000 entitled "The Cost of Clarity," critic James Wood, in censorious and perhaps even high-church goyish mood, supplies an amusing parody of Roth's verbal histrionics, whose effect, Wood writes, "is that of a novel without internal borders; everyone partakes of everyone else's reality.
If you live in Butte, Montana, you are going to be goyish even if you're Jewish.
We were shooting in Haifa in 1959, and in between scenes we went down to watch a military parade, and I was sitting there--Preminger said we had to be dressed in our Palmach costumes at all times--I'm sitting on the side of the road, blonde, blue-eyed, and goyish.
If you live in Butte, Montana, you're going to be goyish even if you're Jewish.
To them, the Israeli state is like any other Goyish state, and Israelis are like any other Goyish people.
Cohen's use of biblical language and imagery runs the common gamut of national-right reproach against what I would call "coastal-plateau Israeliness,"the modern, secular and liberal Israel that is "self-seeking", "godless", empty", and--in an infuriatingly goyish way--"normal".
Portnoy's queerness resides in his Jewish outsider status and his need to prove his masculinity to the goyish world that stereotypes Jewish men as effeminate.
The goyish Hope had married Ave, against his parents' strong objections.