Definitions

  • n. 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

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • קאָך-לעפל 'cooking spoon'

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • North America
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

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

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