frei

Definitions

  • v. (With the particle "out") to become non-religious, "go off the derekh."

  • adj. Free; liberal, non-religious, the opposite of frum.

Example Sentences

  • That girl used to be frum (observant) but she went off the derech and now she is so frei that she wears mini-skirts.

  • "Did you hear the latest? [Pop icon] Matisyahu frei'd out."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • פֿרײַ fray 'free'

    • Who Uses This

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

      Dictionaries

      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      fray, frey

Notes

  • Pronounced like "fry."

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