stam

Definitions

  • only, simply, just for fun, not for a specific purpose
  • Just kidding!
  • 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." (http://jewschool.com/2007/08/27/12607/actually-not-sure-whats-for-dinner/)
  • Stam! You thought I was serious?

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

Notes

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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