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English translation: gentile (non-Jewish) girl


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Yiddish term or phrase:shiksa
English translation:gentile (non-Jewish) girl
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10:35 Dec 2, 2001
Yiddish to English translations [Non-PRO]
Yiddish term or phrase: shiksa
Would you have rather I married a shiksa, Zeyda?
gentile (non-Jewish) girl
this is Yiddish!

BTW, Zeyda is Yiddish for Grandpa!
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5 +7gentile (non-Jewish) girl



3 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +7
gentile (non-Jewish) girl

this is Yiddish!

BTW, Zeyda is Yiddish for Grandpa!

Local time: 02:43
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in FrenchFrench

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Marian Greenfield: just note that it is a mildly derogatory term
9 mins
  -> yes, of course! Although I'm sure that will become apparent with context...

agree  AllisonK: though it may be more than mildly derogatory! ;)
20 mins

agree  Renata Costa: That's it.
35 mins

agree  Baruch Avidar: It also means: gentile maid working for a jewish family
56 mins

agree  Michal Circolone
1 hr

agree  Noah: It is not necessarily derogatory; it depends on context and the language of the speaker. If an English speaker uses it, it is usually slightly derogatory. But for a Yiddish speaker, it is the natural word and not usually derogatory.
31 days

agree  Gordana Podvezanec
435 days
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