goi [goi] Examples noun, plural goy·im, gois.
goy or goi [goi] noun, plural goy·im [goi-im] /ˈgɔɪ ɪm/, goys. Usually Disparaging.
- a term used by a Jew to refer to someone who is not Jewish.
- a term used by an observant Jew to refer to a Jew who is not religious or is ignorant of Judaism.
Origin of goy 1835–45; Yiddish Hebrew goi nation, non-Jew, Jew ignorant of the Jewish religionRelated formsgoy·ish, adjectiveUsage note Use of this term usually implies a contempt for non-Jews as being different from or even inferior to Jews: Only a goy would use such faulty logic. goy is rarely used in a neutral, descriptive way as a synonym for gentile , though that is its meaning in Yiddish and Hebrew. In another usually disparaging usage, goy is applied to a Jew who is not observant. Examples from the Web for goi Contemporary Examples of goi
Consistent with the Mitchell Report, GOI freezes all settlement activity (including natural growth of settlements).
Emily L. Hauser
February 1, 2013
Historical Examples of goi
A day or two now, and one of us may goI care not which it be, for the other will not be long in tarrying.
Im glad you told me; I must goI must go back at once and see for myself.
Mary Stewart Cutting
“I was goin’t’ ask you—her—what to do about—about something,” she said, falteringly.
Helen H. Gardener
Goi′tred, Goi′tered, affected with goitre; Goi′trous, pertaining to goitre.
I was goin’t thru the woods one day, and come up sudden in a clear patch of ground.
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British Dictionary definitions for goi goy noun plural goyim (ˈɡɔɪɪm) or goys
- a Jewish word for a gentile
Derived Formsgoyish, adjectiveWord Origin for goy from Yiddish, from Hebrew goi people Word Origin and History for goi goy n.
“gentile, non-Jew” (plural goyim), 1835, from Hebrew goy “people, nation;” in Mishnaic and Modern Hebrew, also “gentile.”