Shabbas goy

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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for Shabbas goy

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

Learn More About Shabbas goy

Dictionary Entries Near Shabbas goy


Shabbas goy


See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Shabbas goy

Cite this Entry

“Shabbas goy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!