Alternative Spellings

berriah, berrieh, berye, beria


  • "Complimentary term for a talented, competent, energetic woman, especially one who gets a lot done - and does it well - around the house." (JPS Dictionary of Words)

Example Sentences

  • "My, she is a berye!" (Rosten)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


בריה Yiddish berye 'efficient, skillful person' (not marked as feminine), originally from post-biblical Hebrew 'creature,' a variant of בריאה

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older


North America


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).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


Similar to balabusta, but perhaps places more emphasis on skill.

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