• A son who will say kaddish for a parent (literally, "little kaddish").

Example Sentences

  • "You will be my kaddishl," said the dying woman to her son.

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • קדישל kádeshl 'son', from Heb קדיש kadesh 'prayer of mourning'
    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • 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]).

      Alternative Spellings

      kadishl, kaddish'l, kaddishel


      • Often used in a slightly derogatory manner because as the only son, he has an air of superiority. http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/792507/jewish/You-Be-My-Kaddishl.htm is an example of a story about a kaddishl.

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