gribines (GRIB-ih-niss) listen


  • n. Deep-fried skin of chicken or goose, often prepared with onion and schmaltz.

Example Sentences

  • "Although gribines are admittedly high in cholesterol, they add a special crunchiness and flavor that is unique and delicious." (source)

  • Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire: "I should never buy gribines from a moyel - it's so chewy!" (source)

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
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • 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, gribinis


  • Also called cracklings.

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