Alternative Spellings

tati, tattie, tatty, tata


  • little boy; especially when using diminutive tatele / tattele / tattaleh / tattale (in child-directed speech)
  • dad

Example Sentences

  • "My tatty said I can only eat one brownie."
  • "Come here, tatele! What a shayne punim!"

Languages of Origin



טאַטע táte 'father'; טאַטעלע tátele (same meaning as in definition above)

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


North America


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).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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