shtickle (SHTIK-kle) listen


  • adj. A little.

  • adj. Designation of second-class status.

  • n. A small amount; a little bit; a bit of (a).

Example Sentences

  • He was a shtickl broiges.

  • He'll say anything to get a shtickl sympathy.

  • "His Rebbe is a 'shtickl Rebbe.'" "He's a shtickl businessman." "He fancies himself as a shtickl actor."

  • Here, have a shtikel mandelbroyt.

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • שטיקל shtikl 'small piece, bit; trick, joke, prank' (also used in the idiom x אַ שטיקל, a shtikl x 'something of an X', where X is a profession, etc.)

    • Who Uses This

      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).

      Alternative Spellings

      shtikle, schtickle, schtikel, schtikle, shtikel, shtikl


  • "shtickle" is the diminutive of "shtick."

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