Meaning of JEW in English


I. ˈjü noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English Gyu, Jewe, Jew, from Old French gyu, jeu, jué, juef, from Latin Judaeus, adjective & noun, from Greek Ioudaios, from Hebrew Yĕhūdhī, from Yĕhūdhāh Judah, Jewish kingdom in southern Palestine, after Yĕhūdhāh Judah, 4th son of Jacob and ancestor of the Judahites

1. usually capitalized

a. : judahite

b. : israelite 1

2. capitalized : a member of the nation existing in Palestine from the 6th century B.C. to the 1st century A.D. within which the elements of Judaism largely developed

3. capitalized : a person belonging to the worldwide group constituting a continuation through descent or conversion of the ancient Jewish people and characterized by a sense of community ; especially : one whose religion is Judaism — see ashkenazi , sephardi

4. usually capitalized : a person believed to drive a hard bargain — usually taken to be offensive

II. adjective

Usage: usually capitalized

: jewish — usually taken to be offensive

III. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Usage: sometimes capitalized

: to cheat by sharp business practice — usually taken to be offensive

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