Alternative Spellings

chiddush, hidush, hiddush


  • innovative idea; an insight; discovery; novelty

Example Sentences

  • "It was a chidush for the yeshiva to serve meat two nights in a row" (Weiser 14)
  • I've heard this argument before; what's the chidush?

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


Heb חידוש khidúsh, Yiddish חידוש khídesh

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)


North America


The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).


Can rhyme with "Yiddish" or "we-koosh"

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