Definitions

  • n. 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." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

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

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

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

      Alternative Spellings

      krumme, krumm, krume

Notes

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

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