feigele

Pronunciations

feigele (FAY-guh-luh) listen

Definitions

  • n. Gay man.

Example Sentences

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

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • 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

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

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

      Alternative Spellings

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

Notes

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

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