alter bocher


alter bocher (AL-ter BUH-kher) listen


  • n. A man that is too old to be unmarried.

  • n. An old yeshiva student who really should have been married off by now.

Example Sentences

  • "Reuven is 24 and still dating--such an alte bochur that one."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • אַלטער בחור alter bokher 'old bachelor'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      alte bocher, alte bachur, alter bokher, alter buchur, alte buchur


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