- The definition of a Jew is a person who belongs to a religion called Judaism and who generally traces his or her ancestry back to the ancient Hebrew people of Israel.
Adam Sandler is an example of a Jew.
Origin of jew; from Jew, by associated, association with occupation of Jews as moneylenders in Middle Ages
jew someone down
- a person descended, or regarded as descended, from the ancient Hebrews of Biblical times
- a person whose religion is Judaism
Origin of JewMiddle English ; from Old French Giu, Juiu ; from Classical Latin Judaeus ; from Classical Greek Ioudaios ; from Classical Hebrew (language) yehūdī, member of the tribe or kingdom of Judah: see Judah
transitive verbjewed, jew·ing, jews Offensive
- To bargain shrewdly or unfairly with. Often used with down.
- To haggle so as to reduce (a price). Often used with down.
Origin of jewFrom prejudiced perceptions of Jews as extortionate moneylenders.
- An adherent of Judaism as a religion or culture.
- A member of the widely dispersed people originally descended from the ancient Hebrews and sharing an ethnic heritage based on Judaism.
- A native or inhabitant of the ancient kingdom of Judah.
Origin of JewMiddle English Jeu, from Old French giu, from Latin Iūdaeus, from Greek Ioudaios, from Aramaic y&schwa;hudāy, from Hebrew y&schwa;hûdî, inhabitant of Judah, from y&schwa;hûdâ, Judah; see Judah2.
(third-person singular simple present jews, present participle jewing, simple past and past participle jewed)
- jew down
- An adherent of Judaism.
- I don't have a religion, but my sister is a Jew and my brother is a Wiccan.
- A person who claims a cultural or ancestral connection to the Jewish people (see secular Jew).
- The Jewish community overall has a common religion, culture, identity, and ethnicity, but individual Jews do not necessarily share all of these; therefore, a person might be a Jew by one standpoint but not by another.
- Additionally, there are some religious groups that identify themselves as part of Judaism, but that other Jewish groups might not; hence, use of the term Jew often depends on the speaker's opinions.
- The noun Jew is not offensive, and the overwhelming majority of English-speaking Jews use the noun Jew to identify themselves.
- That said, it has become offensive for historical reasons to use the word Jew attributively, in modifying another noun (as in "Jew lawyer"); the adjective Jewish is preferred for this purpose.
- Additionally, the derived verbs jew and jew down are considered offensive, as they reflect stereotypes considered offensive.
(third-person singular simple present Jews, present participle Jewing, simple past and past participle Jewed)
- (offensive) Alternative capitalization of jew