goyishe kop

Alternative Spellings

goyisha kopf, goyisher kop, goyisheh kop

Definitions

  • Someone who fails to use his/her head; a dull mind. Someone who thinks like a non-Jew. Lit. "non-Jewish head."

Example Sentences

  • "Maybe She’s No Shiksa, but It Looks Like She Has a Goyishe Kop" (http://observer.com/1999/08/maybe-shes-no-shiksa-but-it-looks-like-she-has-a-goyishe-kop/)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

גוייִשער קאָפּ goisher kop 'lit. non-Jewish head'

Who Uses This

Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Rosten: The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).

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