Alternative Spellings

kochleffl, kochlefel, kokhlefl, kochlefl, koch-lefl, koch-leffel


  • A cooking spoon, as for soup. By extension, a person who stirs up trouble; meddler, busybody.

Example Sentences

  • "Be careful of Morris on your committee. He's a real kochleffel."
  • "Mrs. Crawley on Downton Abbey was a koch-lefl."

Languages of Origin



קאָך-לעפל 'cooking spoon'

Who Uses This

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]).
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).

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