• adv. Only, simply, just for fun, not for a specific purpose.

  • interj. Just kidding!

  • interj. That's it!

Example Sentences

  • "You’re going stam for the music and not for the social scene? Really?"

  • "Al pi shulchan oruch, bread can be made by anyone. If you can be certain of the ingredients, then it’s kosher. Stam. No question." (source)

  • "Stam! You thought I was serious?"

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish
  • Modern Hebrew


  • סתם

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


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


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).


  • Also used in several Hebrew phrases, including "sofer STaM" (an acronym: a sofer who writes Sifrei Torah, Tefillin, and Mezuzot), "yayin stam" (uncooked wine without kosher certification), and "cholov stam" (milk that's not cholov yisroel) -- in these last two uses, "stam" has the sense of "plain," or "regular."

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