alte kaker


alte kaker (AL-tuh KAH-ker) listen


  • n. An elderly, fussy person; old-timer.

Example Sentences

  • "We'll have to have the program early, so the alte kakers can come."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • אַלטער קאַקער alter kaker 'lit. old shitter'

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      altakaka, alte kakker, alter kaker, alter kocker, alte kocker, alta kaker, alta kaka, old kaker, old kuker, old kucker, alte kucker, alter kucker, alte kacker, alter kacker, alter kicker, alte kicker


  • "Alte" used with "kaker" is incorrect according to Standard Yiddish grammar (alte is feminine and kaker is masculine), but correct in Jewish English. In Standard Yiddish, the phrase would decline as "alter kaker" in nominative and "altn kaker" in accusative and dative.

    Often abbreviated to A.K. / AK.

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