Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Offensive Used as a disparaging term for one who is not a Jew.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A non-Jew, a Gentile.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Jewish use, a nation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Christian as contrasted with a Jew

Etymologies

Yiddish, from Hebrew gôy, Jew ignorant of the Jewish religion, non-Jew; see gwy in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish גוי (goy, "gentile"), from Hebrew גּוֹי (goi, "nation"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You, yourself limited the non-offensive use of the term goy to everyday Hebrew usage in that country.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Greg D you make mistakes by the bucketload here. the word goy is merely a word that describes a person who is not Jewish - I would have preferred the description non Jewish in Trumpeldors post but you are assuming negatives, as it seems is a regular thing for you.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Consider the word "goy" -- a gentile, or a non-Jew.

    Amy Klein: The Real Myth -- and Gift -- of Jewish Chosenness

  • But this didn't stop her from being snobbish to me, and continuing to use the word "goy" - a pejorative term meaning "gentiles" - around me, which she knew offended me, since it disrespected a lot of people I loved.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • Or maybe Matthew hopes to work for Haim Saban someday and doesn’t want to embarrass Haim by pointing out that Haim’s shabbos goy is looking somewhat. .er .. “shopworn”.

    Matthew Yglesias » Nader on Bloomberg

  • The Yiddish word goy is loaded with negative associations, and the word shiksa, which everyone still uses, comes from Hebrew for “blemish,” according to Leo Rosten.

    What Would a Jewish Veep Say About Intermarriage?

  • The Yiddish word goy is loaded with negative associations, and the word shiksa, which everyone still uses, comes from Hebrew for "blemish," according to Leo Rosten.

    What Would a Jewish Veep Say About Intermarriage?

  • The destruction of a goy is the sole positive achievement which Roth bestows on his creation.

    Philip Roth and the Jews: An Exchange

  • I didn't realise that a purchase by a goy was a crime to be punished with monosyllabic terseness, or that bus seats were a potential source of contamination, or that road signs, and parking restrictions, were for people who hadn't been chosen by God.

    FailedMessiah.com

  • "I didn't realize that a purchase by a goy was a crime to be punished with monosyllabic terseness, or that bus seats were a potential source of contamination, or that road signs, and parking restrictions, were for people who hadn't been chosen by God."

    FailedMessiah.com

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  • " I told you not go with drunken goy ever."
    Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 28, 2007