oy vey

interjection \ˈȯi-ˈvā\
variants: or less commonly

oy vay


oy veh

Definition of oy vey

  1. —used to express dismay, frustration, or grief Mail! Oy veh, I get such mail. Such mail as I never dreamed of before the advent of the Internet. — Anne Bendheim

Origin and Etymology of oy vey

borrowed from Yiddish, from oy, interjection expressing surprise or dismay + vey, interjection expressing distress or grief, going back to Middle High German , going back to Old High German wah, wē, going back to Germanic *wai (whence Old English ) — more at 1woe

First Known Use: 1914

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capable of being understood in two ways

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