One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(used especially by Jews) a gentile girl or woman.
- ‘Incidentally, what is it about people who go on about being ‘shiksas’ and ‘goys’?’
- ‘It's not every day that you say yourself: ‘I can't believe she's not a shiksa.’’
- ‘She even converted to Judaism, calling herself ‘the Jewish shiksa.’’
- ‘‘She's a shiksa, a goy,’ Daddy shouts, as he climbs up the basement stairs.’
- ‘He refused to name names, and he still got the blonde shiksa.’
Late 19th century: from Yiddish shikse, from Hebrew šiqṣāh (from šeqeṣ ‘detested thing’ + the feminine suffix -āh).
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