alter bocher

Alternative Spellings

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


  • a man that is too old not to be married
  • 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



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).


The male equivalent of an "old maid," an "alte moyd."

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