berya

Definitions

  • n. "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

Etymology

  • 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

      Regions

      • North America

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

      Alternative Spellings

      berriah, berrieh, berye, beria

Notes

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

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