svara

Pronunciations

Definitions

  • n. Justification, reason, plausible explanation.

  • n. Guess, hypothesis.

Example Sentences

  • "I can't find a svara for taking time from learning to play games." (Weiser)

  • "The svara for a convenience store is that for some items at certain times, people will pay double." (Weiser)

  • "What is the svara for davka 4408 instead of 4398?" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Aramaic
  • Yiddish
  • Modern Hebrew

Etymology

  • סברה, סברא

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      svore, svora

Notes

  • Also the name of a "traditionally radical Yeshiva" based in Chicago.

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