krum

Alternative Spellings

krumme, krumm, krume

Definitions

  • 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 hashkafah.com)

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)

Dictionaries

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

Notes

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

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