erlech

Alternative Spellings

erlich, erlekh

Definitions

  • honest, legitimate
  • religious

Example Sentences

  • "They're really erliche Yidden."
  • "Years ago the highest compliment that one could give to a Jew was not that he or she is frum, but that he or she is ehrlich." (http://personal.stevens.edu/~llevine/Frum_or_Ehrlich_v3.pdf)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

ערלעך erlekh (honest, religious)

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

Notes

Often used with Yiddish prenominal adjectival suffix: erliche yidden. "Erlich" connotes complete or legitimate observance, not honesty in personal dealings.

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