wandering jew

wan·der·ing Jew
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [won-der-ing joo]
    • /ˈwɒn dər ɪŋ dʒu/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [won-der-ing joo]
    • /ˈwɒn dər ɪŋ dʒu/

Definitions of wandering jew words

  • noun wandering jew a legendary character condemned to roam without rest because he struck Christ on the day of the Crucifixion. 1
  • noun wandering jew Also, wandering Jew, Wandering-jew [won-der-ing-joo] /ˈwɒn dər ɪŋˈdʒu/ (Show IPA). Also called inch plant. any of various trailing or creeping plants, as Zebrina pendula or Tradescantia fluminensis, having green or variegated leaves: a popular houseplant. 1
  • noun wandering jew any of several related creeping or trailing plants of tropical America, esp Tradescantia fluminensis and Zebrina pendula: family Commelinaceae 0
  • noun wandering jew a similar creeping plant of the genus Commelina 0
  • noun wandering jew (in medieval legend) a character condemned to roam the world eternally because he mocked Christ on the day of the Crucifixion 0
  • noun wandering jew in medieval folklore, a Jew condemned to wander the earth restlessly until the second coming of Christ because of his scornful attitude just before the Crucifixion 0

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Origin of wandering jew

First appearance:

before 1625
One of the 42% oldest English words
First recorded in 1625-35

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wandering jew popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 7% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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