kike

Definition

Slang

  • noun a Jew. An old-fashioned racist term which some authorities derive from diminutives of the name Isaac (see ikey (mo)). Others, including the Yiddish expert and humorist, Leo Rosten, ascribe it to the practice of illiterate Jewish immigrants signing their names with a circle (kikel in Yiddish) on arrival in the USA. The word was adopted by British and Australian speakers and is still occasionally heard.
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