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Definition of oy

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

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Recent Examples on the Web But, oy, those last few episodes really jumped the hellhound. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "3 great genre TV shows that fell apart at the end," 22 Feb. 2021 Oy! See the star of The Book of Henry break down the best Australian and British slang. Vanity Fair, HWD, "Naomi Watts Gets Very Flustered When You Ask Her to Define the Word “Wanker”," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of oy

1892, in the meaning defined above

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5 Mar 2021

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“Oy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oy. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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