used especially to express exasperation or dismay
Oy, what a mess.
Oy, what arrogance.
Oy, my feet are killing me.

Examples of oy in a Sentence

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Word History



First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oy was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Oy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


used especially to express annoyance or dismay
oy, what a mess
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