linker

Alternative Spellings

linke

Definitions

  • leftist, socialist, secularist

Example Sentences

  • He came from a linker family, and went to the Peretz Schule instead of the Talmud Torah.

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

לינק link 'left; leftist'

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

Notes

The Yiddish adjective takes endings depending on gender, number, and case (e.g., ער איז אַ לינקער er iz a linker 'he is a Leftist'). Used by Ashkenazim in their 70s, especially to refer to their childhood Jewish schooling in the 1930s and 1940s.

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