Alternative Spellings

haver, khaver


  • friend
  • comrade, mister (in left-wing political organizations)

Example Sentences

  • "He's my closest chaver" (Rosten)
  • "The chair now recognizes Chaver Falstein." (Rosten)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew



Who Uses This

Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations


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).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).


Yiddish Fem. חבֿרטע (kháverte / cháverte) was also used in left-wing political contexts. The Modern Hebrew word chaver was made popular throughout the world by Bill Clinton in his eulogy for Yitzhak Rabin: "Shalom, chaver."

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