shtickle

Alternative Spellings

shtikle, schtickle, schtikel, schtikle, shtikel, shtikl

Definitions

  • 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

Etymology

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

Notes

"shtickle" is the diminutive of "shtick."

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