• Deep-fried skin of chicken or goose, often prepared with onion and schmatlz. Also called cracklings.

Example Sentences

  • "Although gribines are admittedly high in cholesterol, they add a special crunchiness and flavor that is unique and delicious." (
  • Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire: "I should never buy gribines from a moyel - it's so chewy!" (

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • גריװן (grivn), גריװענעס (grivenes) (same definition)
    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      gribonous, gribens, gribenes, grebenes, grebines, grivines, grivenes, gribinous

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