abba

Pronunciations

abba (AH-buh) listen
abba (UH-buh) listen

Definitions

  • n. Father, dad, daddy.

Example Sentences

  • "My aba taught me how to cook scrambled eggs as a child."

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew

Etymology

  • אבא

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
      • Younger: Jews in their 30s or younger

      Regions

      • North America
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      aba

Notes

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