bulvan

Alternative Spellings

buvon, bulvon, bovan

Definitions

  • loud mouth know-it-all; "a boorish, brutish person" (Steinmetz)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

Yiddish, alternatively בולװאַן bulván, באַלװאַן balván, or באָלװאַן bolván 'moron, dummy; tailor's mannequin'

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

accented on the 2nd syllable

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