• adj. Guilty of transgressing. Liable.

Example Sentences

  • "The braisa concludes that anyone who transgresses the words of the Chachamim is chayav misa." (source)

  • "Someone who squeezes out (wet) clothing until all the water has come out is chayav for laundering, since squeezing is part of the laundering process, just like stirring is part of cooking. There is no squeezing with hair, or leather, and one is not chayav for squeezing them." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb חייב khayáv, Yiddish חייבֿ kháyev

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      khayev, chayev


  • "Chayav misa" (חייב מיתה) means liable for the death penalty

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