Definitions

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

  • transitive v. Offensive To bargain shrewdly or unfairly with. Often used with down.
  • transitive v. Offensive To haggle so as to reduce (a price). Often used with down.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To bargain, to attempt to gain an unfair price in a business deal; to defraud.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Originally, one belonging to the tribe or kingdom of Judah; after the return from the Babylonish captivity, any member of the new state; a Hebrew; an Israelite.
  • n. An adherent of Judaism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To overreach; cheat; beat unfairly at a bargain: as, to jew one out of a dollar.
  • To practise arts of overreaching or cheating in trade.
  • n. A Hebrew; an Israelite.
  • n. A person who seeks gain by sordid or crafty means; a hard-fisted money-lender, or tricky dealer: an opprobrious use: as, he is a regular Jew.
  • n. [In the original editions the word in this passage is Jewes, the old dissyllabic possessive for either sex. The phrase “worth a Jewes eye” is the old proverb here used punningly.].

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

  • n. a person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties

Etymologies

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

From Jews' supposedly extortionate practices as moneylenders in the Middle Ages.

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From the stereotype of Jews as scheming merchants. Compare gyp ("swindle") (which is probably from gypsy ("Roma")), and welsh ("swindle by defaulting on a debt"), from Welsh.

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