• designation of second-class status, when applied to rabbis or other professionals.
  • a small amount; a little; 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


      • 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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