THE definition of the word ‘Yid’ in the Oxford English Dictionary has been updated to include ‘a supporter of or player for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’.

Usage of the term to describe Jewish people can be considered offensive.

The club has labelled the dictionary’s new definition as ‘misleading’.

Oxford Mail:

The Oxford English Dictionary, which is frequently updated as it has an online version, is based at Oxford University Press in Walton Street.

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Lexicographers have also added the closely related word 'Yiddo', among a number of changes and new entries made in January.

OUP said in a statement that the word is labelled as 'offensive and derogatory', with reference to Tottenham Hotspur being 'a reflection of the evidence for the word'.

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It added: "As we state at the closely related word Yid, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is traditionally associated with the Jewish community in north and east London, and the term is sometimes used as a self-designation by some Tottenham fans.

Oxford Mail:

"We will ensure the context for this connection is very clear in both definitions."