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also shik·se  (shĭk′sə)
n. Often Offensive
A non-Jewish girl or woman.

[Yiddish shikse, feminine of shegetz, shegetz; see shegetz.]
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A Yiddish word meaning a non-Jewish girl.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shikse - a derogatory term used by Jews to refer to non-Jewish women
depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
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Actually, a few students were drawn to the great passage in which young Alex wonders whether all the Pormoys are screaming at each other because he has eaten his sister's pudding or because his father has screwed the shikse receptionist at work with the dynamite legs, but that got things going only for a little while.
He was joined by another man in black whose insult-to-injury fulmination was shikse. At that point, another woman complicated matters by innocently approaching the driver to seek information about where to disembark.
The child-narrator's devoted governess is a gentile woman, or shikse in the in-group Jewish parlance.
As one New York correspondent wrote: "`She is mercenary and extravagant' says the man who showers presents on a shikse [non-Jewish woman]" (p.
One might think of Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint (1969), wherein Alexander Portnoy seeks lurid encounters with shiksas like Thereal McCoy - sound it out - since "America is a shikse nestling under your arm" (146); or Saul Bellow's The Victim (1947) and Asa Leventhal's eerie encounter with Allbee (a descendant of Governor Winthrop no less); or Bernard Malamud's The Assistant (1957) and the confrontation between Frank Alpine, the goy, and the Bober family.