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Alternative Spellings

feigala, feigela, feigaleh, feygeleh, faygeleh, feigalah, feygele


  • Gay man

Example Sentences

  • "Dan came out -- he's a faygeleh!"

Languages of Origin



פֿײגעלע féygele 'little bird', from פֿויגל foygl 'bird'

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).


In Yiddish, this word simply means "a little bird." In Jewish English it is usually considered offensive.

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