• adj. Inebriated, drunk.

Example Sentences

  • "I came by bus accompanied by my friends and a bottle of brandy, which we

    finished even before the ceremony began. There was music. The food was

    simple- no speeches and we hardly received any presents. But what a great

    atmosphere!. Simie rescued me at the signing ceremony because he said I was

    'ongeshnosket'." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • Unclear. May be a combination of אָנגעטרונקען ongetrunken ('inebriated') and פֿאַרשנאָשקעט farshnoshket ('drunk' - slang - see Stutshkov, Der Oytser fun der Yidisher Shprakh, p. 689), analogous with אָנגעשיכּורט ongeshikert 'drunk'

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older


      • South Africa


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      ongashnoskert, ongashnoshkert, ongeschnozkered, ongeshnozket, ongeshnoskert


  • Used by older Jews in Capetown, South Africa. The variation in spelling between "ongeshnoskert" and "ongeshnoshkert" suggests that the word comes from the Lithuanian (Litvish) Yiddish speaking community, since "sibilant confusion" (e.g., s <-> sh) is a common feature of that Yiddish dialect, which was the predominant Yiddish dialect spoken in S. Africa. See (source).

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