kochleffel (KUHKH-lefel) listen
kochleffel (KAWKH-leh-fl) listen


  • n. A cooking spoon.

  • n. By extension, a person who stirs up trouble; a meddler, busybody.

Example Sentences

  • "Be careful of Morris on your committee. He's a real kochleffel."

    Listen to recordings of this sentence: ( Recording 1)
  • "Mrs. Crawley on Downton Abbey was a koch-lefl."

  • “That little girl—a regular kokhlefl!” (NJY)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • קאָך-לעפל 'cooking spoon'

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America
      • South Africa


      • 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, kochloeffel, kokhloeffel, kokhleffel, kokhleffl, kokhlefel, kokh-lefl, kokh-leffel

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