oy vey

interjection
\ ˈȯi-ˈvā How to pronounce oy vey (audio) \
variants: or less commonly oy vay or oy veh

Definition of oy vey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

vey iz mir!

Yiddish phrase
\ ˈvā-iz-ˈmir How to pronounce vey iz mir! (audio) \

Definition of vey iz mir! (Entry 2 of 2)

: woe is me! used to express dismay or exasperation

First Known Use of oy vey

Interjection

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oy vey

Interjection

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 woe entry 1

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