n. Sidelocks, sidecurls, or earlocks, common among Haredi boys and men.
It is customary for Chasidic Jews to allow their peyus to grow out.
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
פאות pe'ot / peyes 'corners'
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- North America
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
payess, peot, payot, peyos, payus, peyus
Singular pe'a, plural pe'ot (Modern Hebrew pronunciation) or peyos (Ashkenazic pronunciation). The prohibition against shaving the side of the man's head derives from Leviticus 19:27. Also refers to the corners of a field, which should be left for the poor to glean.
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