shiksa n : a derogatory term used by Jews to refer to non-Jewish women [syn: shikse]
EtymologyYiddish שיקסע (shíkseh).
Shiksa (Yiddish: ) or shikse, is a Yiddish word that has moved into English usage, mostly in North American Jewish culture, that is used as a mock-pejorative term for a non-Jewish woman. Traditionally, the word shiksa is used to refer to a non-Jewish woman.
The word shiksa is derived from the Hebrew term sheketz, which means "abomination," "impure," or "object of loathing", depending on the translator.
Despite its etymology, the term shiksa is widely used and accepted in the United States, where it is often used in a humorous way.
In popular culture
- In The Jazz Singer, Jakie's mother says, "Maybe he's fallen in love with a shiksa."
- Comedian and social critic Lenny Bruce wrote a short story on the subject of shiksas.
- In Murphy Brown, at the end of "Political Correctness", Miles says to Murphy, "Yeah, like I'm gonna take comedy tips from a shiksa".
- In an episode of Married… with Children, Kelly Bundy goes to Hollywood as a prospect for a television role. She enters a studio's offices where she reviews a series of promotional posters for upcoming television shows, one of which is Me and the Shiksa.
shiksa in German: Schickse
shiksa in French: Shiksa
shiksa in Polish: Sziksa
shiksa in Russian: Шикса