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

  • n. Offensive Used as a disparaging term for a non-Jewish girl or woman.

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  • n. non-Jewish girl.
  • n. maiden

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

  • n. a derogatory term used by Jews to refer to non-Jewish women


Yiddish shikse, feminine of shegetz, shegetz; see shegetz.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish שיקסע (shikse), which is partly derived from the Hebrew שֶׁקֶץ (shékets, "abomination, impure, object of loathing"). (Wiktionary)


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