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The language historically of Ashkenazic Jews of Central and Eastern Europe, resulting from a fusion of elements derived principally from medieval German dialects and secondarily from Hebrew and Aramaic, various Slavic languages, and Old French and Old Italian.
[Yiddish yidish, Jewish, Yiddish, from Middle High German jüdisch, Jewish, from jude, jüde, Jew, from Old High German judo, from Latin Iūdaeus; see Jew.]
(Languages) a language spoken as a vernacular by Jews in Europe and elsewhere by Jewish emigrants, usually written in the Hebrew alphabet. Historically, it is a dialect of High German with an admixture of words of Hebrew, Romance, and Slavonic origin, developed in central and E Europe during the Middle Ages
(Languages) in or relating to this language
[C19: from German jüdisch, from Jude Jew]
1. a language of central and E European Jews and their descendants elsewhere: based on Rhenish dialects of Middle High German with an admixture of vocabulary from Hebrew and Aramaic, the Slavic languages, and other sources, and written in the Hebrew alphabet.adj.
2. of or pertaining to Yiddish.
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|Noun||1.||Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script|
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik - (Yiddish) a devious trick; a bit of cheating; "how did you ever fall for a shtik like that?"
pisha paysha - (Yiddish) a card game for two players one of whom is usually a child; the deck is place face down with one card face upward; players draw from the deck alternately hoping to build up or down from the open card; the player with the fewest cards when the deck is exhausted is the winner
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik - (Yiddish) a contrived and often used bit of business that a performer uses to steal attention; "play it straight with no shtik"
tsuris - (Yiddish) aggravating trouble; "the frustrating tsuris he subjected himself to"
German language, High German, German - the standard German language; developed historically from West Germanic
shmooze - (Yiddish) a warm heart-to-heart talk
kvetch - (Yiddish) a nagging complaint
megillah - (Yiddish) a long boring tediously detailed account; "he insisted on giving us the whole megillah"
tsoris - (Yiddish) trouble and suffering
nosh - (Yiddish) a snack or light meal
knish - (Yiddish) a baked or fried turnover filled with potato or meat or cheese; often eaten as a snack
mishpachah, mishpocha - (Yiddish) the entire family network of relatives by blood or marriage (and sometimes close friends); "she invited the whole mishpocha"
schmear, schmeer, shmear - (Yiddish) a batch of things that go together; "he bought the whole schmeer"
chachka, tchotchke, tchotchkeleh, tsatske, tshatshke - (Yiddish) an attractive, unconventional woman
chutzpanik - (Yiddish) a person characterized by chutzpa
ganef, ganof, gonif, goniff - (Yiddish) a thief or dishonest person or scoundrel (often used as a general term of abuse)
kibitzer - (Yiddish) a meddler who offers unwanted advice to others
klutz - (Yiddish) a clumsy dolt
knocker - (Yiddish) a big shot who knows it and acts that way; a boastful immoderate person
kvetch - (Yiddish) a constant complainer
putz - (Yiddish) a fool; an idiot
schnook, shnook - (Yiddish) a gullible simpleton more to be pitied than despised; "don't be such an apologetic shnook"
shegetz - an offensive term for non-Jewish young man; "why does she like all those shkotzim?"
yenta - (Yiddish) a woman who talks too much; a gossip unable to keep a secret; a woman who spreads rumors and scandal
yenta - (Yiddish) a vulgar shrew; a shallow coarse termagant
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik - (Yiddish) a little; a piece; "give him a shtik cake"; "he's a shtik crazy"; "he played a shtik Beethoven"
A. ADJ → judío
B. N (Ling) → yíd(d)ish m, judeo-alemán m