geferlech

Alternative Spellings

geferlach, geferlekh

Definitions

  • Dangerous, terrible

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

געפֿערלעך geférlekh, from געפֿאַר gefár, 'danger, peril'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
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

Often used in the phrase nisht geferlech / nish geferlach / nisht geferlekh / nish gaferlach (not terrible) (נישט געפֿערלעך).

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