Shabbas goy

noun
variants: or Shabbos goy

Definition of Shabbas goy

: a non-Jew employed by Orthodox Jews to perform services (such as turning lights on and off) which are forbidden to Jews on the Sabbath

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History and Etymology for Shabbas goy

Yiddish shabes goy, from shabes Sabbath + goy gentile, from Hebrew gōy people, nation

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“Shabbas goy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Shabbas%20goy. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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