Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Jew adj.

also Jew’s

[17C+] in slang, reflecting centuries of Christian teaching, the Jew is grasping, avaricious, wealthy, untrustworthy, deceitful and mean (as well as circumcised and abstaining from pork). Thus virtually all combs. with Jew/Jewish are derog. and play on these stereotypes.

In compounds

Jew baby (n.)

[1910s–50s] a derog. term for a Jew.

Jew bail (n.) [the belief that while Jews will offer bail in any situation, they will not be there to pay it if the criminal absconds]

[late 18C–19C] insufficient bail.

jewbox (n.)

[1930s] (US) an electric-powered vehicle.

Jew butter (n.) [the popularity among Jews of schmaltz, fat as a spread]

[late 19C] (US) goose or chicken dripping.

Jew canoe (n.) [canoe n.2 (1)]

1. [1960s+] (US, also Jewish submarine) a Cadillac.

2. [1980s+] (UK society, also Jew’s canoe) a Jaguar.

Jew cheque (n.) [the stereotyping of Jews as devious money-makers]

[1980s+] (US) any form of cheque that is obtained through fraud, e.g. on Social Security.

Jew food (n.) [in mockery of the Jewish dietary prohibition on all pork products]

[20C+] ham.

Jew joint (n.) [joint n. (3b)]

[20C+] (US) a second-hand clothes store.

Jew’s Bentley (n.) (also Jew’s Rolls Royce) [the stereotyped association of Jaguars and nouveaux riches Jews]

[1930s–60s] a Jaguar motorcar.

Jew’s compliment (n.)

1. [mid-19C+] (also Judische compliment) of a man, having a large penis but no money or presents [the premise is that the penis is free, but to the stereotypically mean Jew, giving presents involves losing money].

2. [1950s+] (gay, also Jewish compliment) a circumcised penis.

Jew’s eye (n.)

see separate entry.

Jew shave (n.) [traces of a beard that still remain on some swarthy Jewish men’s faces despite their shaving]

[1930s] (US) covering one’s face with talcum powder instead of shaving.

Jew sheet (n.)

[1950s+] (gay) an account, often imaginary, of money that has been lent to friends.

Jew’s lance (n.)

[1950s+] (gay) a Jewish circumcised penis.

Jew’s poker (n.) [the lighting of fires (and in more recent years, the turning on of electric lights), is among many prohibitions against ‘work’ on the Sabbath. The Yid. term for the same individual is shabbas goy, Sabbath gentile]

[late 19C] the gentile who, in religious households, is brought in to light the fires on the Sabbath.

Jew’s typewriter (n.) [racial stereotyping, the Jew as moneygrabber]

[20C+] a cash register.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

Jew boy (n.)

see separate entry.

Jewburg (n.)

see separate entry.

Jew chum (n.)

see separate entry.

Jew-fencer (n.) [-fencer sfx]

[mid-19C] a Jewish street-seller.

Jewman (n.)

see separate entry.

Jew town (n.)

[late 19C+] (US) a Jewish community within an urban area.

Jew York (n.)

see separate entry.