Alternative Spellings

krumme, krumm, krume


  • lit. "crooked"; used by Yeshivish speakers to denote views ("hashkafos") that do not fall entirely within the bounds of traditional Orthodox thought

Example Sentences

  • "Have you read Jacob Milgram's book? His conclusions are sometimes krum, but the questions motivating them are just brilliant."
  • "I am talking about your very unjewish way of thinking and writing, and your very krume ideas of what jewish pride is." (from

Languages of Origin



קרום krum (in many dialects, krim) 'crooked, slanted'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


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


With the Yiddish-type suffix -e when the adjective precedes the noun (attributive)

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