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Jewish

[joo-ish] /ˈdʒu ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Jews or Judaism:
Jewish customs.
2.
Informal. Yiddish.
noun
3.
Informal. Yiddish.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; Jew + -ish1; compare Old English iudēisc < Late Latin iudē(us) Jew + Old English -isc -ish1
Related forms
Jewishly, adverb
anti-Jewish, adjective
half-Jewish, adjective
non-Jewish, adjective
pre-Jewish, adjective
pro-Jewish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for half jewish

Jewish

/ˈdʒuːɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Jews
noun
2.
a less common word for Yiddish
Derived Forms
Jewishly, adverb
Jewishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for half jewish

Jewish

adj.

1540s, from Jew + -ish. Old English had Iudeisc; early Middle English used Judewish, Judeish (late 12c.). Figurative use in reference to extortionate money-lending attested by c.1600.

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