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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A non-Jewish girl or woman.

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  • noun Judaism, pejorative, derogatory non-Jewish girl.
  • noun maiden

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

Etymologies

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

[Yiddish shikse, feminine of shegetz, shegetz; see shegetz.]

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From Yiddish שיקסע (shikse), which is partly derived from the Hebrew שֶׁקֶץ (shékets, "abomination, impure, object of loathing").

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