aroisgevorfene gelt

Pronunciations

aroysegevorfene gelt (ah-ROYS-geh-VAR-feh-neh-GELT) listen

Definitions

  • n. "A waste of money"; lit., thrown out money.

Example Sentences

  • "Buying cell phone insurance is aroisgevorfene gelt."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • אַרױסגעװאָרפֿענע געלט aroysgevorfene gelt 'thrown-out money' (Standard Yiddish: אַרױסגעװאָרפֿן געלט aroysgevorfn gelt)

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      aroysgevorfene gelt, aroysgevorfne gelt

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