okh un vey

Alternative Spellings

och un vey, az och un vey, och in vei, akh un vey, ach un vey, och un vei, okh in vey, och in vay


  • "a pity on him"
  • an unenviable position

Example Sentences

  • Och un vey is his sad position in life
  • "Och in Vey how they are degrading our yiddishkeit." (matzav.com)

Languages of Origin



אַז) אָך און װײ) (az) okh un vey (often followed by preposition צו tsu 'to') 'alas, alack, woe'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


North America


Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

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