leibedik (LAY-buh-dihk) listen


  • adj. Lively, enthusiastic, warm, heartfelt.

  • adv. Enthusiastically, warmly.

Example Sentences

  • "The singing at the Shalom Zachor was really leibedik."

  • "My brother is a very lebedige person."

  • “You couldn't tell what a lebedike guy he was until you saw him at camp during Bein HaZmanim.” (Weiser)

  • "I asked her what was so amusing, and she said, that as we left the room, the Rebbe had asked her what happened to her son. 'I remember him as a lebediker child,' the Rebbe said, so why was I so uptight?" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • לעבעדיק lebedik 'lively; alive'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • 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).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      lebedik, leibidik, leibedig, leybedik, lebediker, leybediker


  • The pronunciation with the longer [ey] vowel as in English 'lay' (rather than [e], as in 'let') comes from most non-Litvish dialects of Yiddish.

    Often has the Yiddish ending -e(h) when used as an attributive adjective.

    See also lebedikait and lebediker.

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