Definition of oy vey exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


oy vey

BrE BrE//ˌɔɪ ˈveɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɔɪ ˈveɪ//
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used for showing disappointment or sadness (mainly by Yiddish speakers or Jewish people) Word Originlate 19th cent.: Yiddish, literally ‘oh woe’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: oy vey