(third-person singular simple present jews, present participle jewing, simple past and past participle jewed)
- (offensive) To bargain, to attempt to gain an unfair price in a business deal; to defraud.
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.
- 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.
From Middle English Giw, Ju, from Old French juiu, Giu, gyu, from Latin iūdaeus, from Ancient Greek Ἰουδαῖος (Ioudaios), from Hebrew יהודי (Yehudi)