gedolim (geh-DOH-lim) listen
gedolim (gdoh-LEEM) listen


  • n. Important, influential people, especially renowned rabbis of the present or recent past. Luminaries (Weiser)

  • n. 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!" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • 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)


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


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

      Alternative Spellings

      gedoilim, gedoylim, g'doylim, g'dolim


  • 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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