Alternative Spellings

makhmir, mahmir


  • stringent, "taking the stricter position on an issue" (Weiser)
  • meticulous

Example Sentences

  • "He is always machmir to brush his hat and straighten his tie before he goes out in public." (Weiser)
  • "When there is a doubt in a matter of Torah law, you must be machmir (strict); when there is a doubt in a matter of rabbinic law, you may be makil (lenient)." (

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish



Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


North America


The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).


See also chumra, chumradik.

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