n. Character (quality of a person or thing).
"The teva of dorm life is that there's never enough of anything but germs" (Weiser, Frumspeak, p. 97)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
- Modern Hebrew
טבע 'nature; character; imprint'
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- Camp: Jews who attend or work at a Jewish overnight summer camp
- North America
- Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
Who Uses This
Independently used by campers (Modern Hebrew borrowing) and in Yeshivish circles (Textual Hebrew). Also found in Yiddish, where it has the same meanings ('nature; character').
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