gedolim

Alternative Spellings

gedoilim, gedoylim, g'doylim, g'dolim

Definitions

  • Important, influential people, especially renowned rabbis of the present or recent past. Luminaries (Weiser)
  • Secondary usage: feces or excrement.

Example Sentences

  • "Did you make k'tanim or gedoilim?"
  • "I'm sure that Chazal and all our current and past Gedolim ,Masgichim and Rebeim have summed this idea up before much more succinctly but i hope you get the message from this quote, and i hope its Emes as well!" (http://nooneisinvincible.blogspot.com/)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb גדולים gedolím, Yiddish/Ashkenazi Heb גדולים gdóylim (plural of גדול gadól/gódl 'big')

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

Notes

Singular gadol, godol. The "feces" definition comes from Yiddish, in which "(nekovim) ketanim" (lit. small holes) refers to urine and "(nekovim) gedoylim" (lit. large holes) refers to feces, based on the blessing said after using the toilet.

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