Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Jew boy n.

[not initially derog. (although note the US use of boy to address blacks)]

1. a young Jewish man [SE by late 19C, though rarely used in 20C+].

[UK]P. Colquhoun Police of the Metropolis 113: Forty to fifty Jew boys are regularly supplied with counterfeit half-pence; which they dispose of in the course of the day [...] for bad shillings at about 3d. each.
[UK]Crim.-Con. Gaz. 29 Dec. 145/3: Hamlet the Jeweller [...] abusing a jew boy for ranging sticks for sale aganst the closed door of his premises.
[UK]Exter & Plymouth Gaz. 17 June 4/2: The Jew boys of London are proverbial for their partiality to theatrical performances.
[UK]R.F. Walond Paddiana I 235: Gibraltar has its Jew boys.
[UK]Thackeray Vanity Fair III 66: A little pink-eyed Jew-boy [...] led the party into the house.
[UK]G.A. Sala Twice Round the Clock 174: Mysteriously transmitting [bids] through the intermediary of glib Jew boys.
[UK]H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor II 123/1: No, I never touched a ham-sandwich, but other Jew boys have, and laughed at it.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 92/2: A ‘sheeny wire’ who went by the ‘chant’ of Sammy the Jew-boy.
[US]Night Side of N.Y. 120: Little Jew boys, with glossy ringlets and beady black eyes, with teeth and noses like their fat mammas and avaricious-looking papas.
[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 5 May 6/4: Dubbo Races [...] Jew Boy 6 years [...] K. Browning’s chf Hebe-Darkie-Warpaint.
[NZ]Observer and Freelance (Wellington) 5 Sept. 4/1: The Jew boy seems very happy flying round with Miss W.
[US]G. Devol Forty Years a Gambler 264: I forgot all about being sleepy while I was working up the Jew boys.
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 26 Apr. 7/3: One of the merry students insulted another by calling him a miserable Jew boy.
[US]Courier (Lincoln, NE) 23 May 7/2: ‘Sam’l of Posen’ is a penniless Jew boy who arrives in New York and begins to earn his living as a street peddler.
[UK]D. Stewart Devil of Dartmoor in Illus. Police News 22 Oct. 12/1: ‘We has up the old woman and the Jew boy [...] all the fun of the fair’.
Jewish Herald (Houston, TX) 25 Aug. 1/3: If another time, any one does him harm, I hope you will help the Jew boy and lick the other.
[UK]W. McG. Eager Contemp. Rev. n.p.: Bimeby came along a Jew boy, ’oo ’ad a peep a’ ’im, an’ felt real sorry for ve poor bloke.
[Aus]M. Garahan Stiffs 226: He was most tickled with the one that informed the boss that the front at Cliftonville was ‘lousy with Jew boys’.
[UK]M. Marshall Tramp-Royal on the Toby 135: Such pessimism is as rare on the Toby as a Jew-boy or a Cockney.
[US]B. Appel People Talk (1972) 28: I got no use for Jewboys.
[Aus]D. Stivens Jimmy Brockett 65: The Jew boy like himself.
[US]B. Appel Sweet Money Girl 79: Leave it to those kinds, the ginzos and the Jewboys, to be in the money.
[UK]G.W. Target Teachers (1962) 191: ‘Jewboys,’ said Dusty, ‘yids.’.
[Aus]D. Niland Dead Men Running 307: That Jesus, the Jew boy, had it right.
[US]P. Hamill Flesh and Blood (1978) 243: Who the hell you think you’re talkin’ to, Jewboy?
[US]Maledicta II:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 161: Jew-Boy Diminutive for male Jews.
[US]S. King It (1987) 765: She would assume he had been with Bill or Ritchie or ‘the Jewboy,’ as she called Stan.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 220: A great many more or less disparaging phrases, e.g., Jew boy (or girl or man); Jew(ish) flag, a dollar bill; Jewtown.
[US]R. Shell Iced 51: When I heard the name Eric Myers I thought he’d be this White Jew-boy, which was cool with me.
[UK](con. 1910s) M. McGrath Silvertown 50: ’Ere, Dor [...] D’you reckon Mr Moses is a Jew-Boy?
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] ‘He didn’t want anyone thinking he was just another college-educated jewboy’.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

[UK]C. Hindley Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 41: Oh, I had a piece of pork, and I stuck it on a fork, and I gave it to a Jew-boy-Jew.
[US](con. 1917) ‘W.W. Windstaff’ ‘A Flier’s War’ in Longstreet Canvas Falcons (1970) 275: This must be the Jewboy replacement.
[UK]J. McClure Steam Pig 101: I’ve got Number One Jewboy lawyer.
[UK](con. c.1900) A. Harding in Samuel East End Und. 133: I was with Esther, another was with ‘Jew Boy’ Stevens – the CID man at Commercial Street.

3. a derog. term for a male Jew, irrespective of age; thus fem. Jew-girl; also attrib.

[UK]P. Colquhoun Police of the Metropolis 119: A vast number of these low females have acquired the mischievous art of colouring the bad shillings [...] which they purchase from the employers of Jew-boys, who cry bad shillings.
[UK]Thackeray Ravenswing (1887) 70: [spoken to a man] Take that and mind your manners, you filthy Jew boy! [Ibid.] 74: She has fallen off the chair in a fainting-fit, with a heart-breaking sob that made the Jew-boy, who was listening at the key-hole, turn quite pale and walk away.
[UK]M. Arlen May Fair (1947) 109: Jewboy has made one mistake. Naughty Jewboy.
[US] in W. Winchell On Broadway 26 Nov. [synd. col.] It was only a Jew boy who we were licking.
[US]B. Schulberg What Makes Sammy Run? (1992) 223: Fer Chris’sake, you look like a Jew-boy yerself.
[UK]M.J. Blunt 8 Jan. diary in Garfield Our Hidden Lives (2004) 165: DJ [...] said Picasso had been encouraged to paint pictures by the ‘Jew Boys’ who were making packets out of the exhibition.
[US]N. Algren Man with the Golden Arm 146: Back off, Jewboy [...] your job is by the door.
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 564: The guys call Sussman Jewboy all the time. He don’t care. They call Bloom Jewboy and he wants to beat up on everybody.
[UK]W. Eyster Far from the Customary Skies 252: ‘Jew boy,’ had been one of the nicknames his friends had given him.
[US]‘Ed Lacy’ Men from the Boys (1967) 22: You really going to marry a Jew-girl? [...] I’m not bigoted. I’ve known some pretty good nigger cops and Jew-boys.
[UK]F. Pollini Glover 184: I’ll show that goddamn Jewboy. I’ll make him admit it, the Jewboy.
[US]L. Bruce Essential Lenny Bruce 100: This ol buck nigger and this Jewboy.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 4: We always had a stray wop or Jew-boy [...] with our gangs.
[US]P. Conroy Great Santini (1977) 173: I’m goin’ to keep squeezing on your scrawny little Jewboy neck.
[UK]Barltrop & Wolveridge Muvver Tongue 53: Cockney kids have always called out ‘Walla walla Jewboy’.
[US]C. Stroud Close Pursuit (1988) 98: Ain’t no Jewboy that, and that ain’t no vic. That be a DT.
[UK]A. Higgins Donkey’s Years 124: If his animus against ‘nancy-boys’ was more pronounced than his animus against ‘corner-boys’, his animus against ‘Jewboys’ was greater still.
[UK]N. Barlay Crumple Zone 129: I find out Jewboy is cutting my fuckin’ gear about the same time I find out Jewboy is a Jewboy.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read Chopper 4 156: That Jew boy he a gonna kill us all a one a day.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 357: So who’s the Jewboy in 1-2-1?
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 314: You two’re gonna have a great future with the department after this, Jew-boy.