- a talkative or gossipy woman
- "a female meddler or busybody" (Steinmetz)
- All the old yachnas standing on the corner...
Languages of Origin
from Yiddish יאַכנע yakhne, a female given name that fell out of fashion
Who Uses This
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Similar to yenta, which also derives from a Yiddish given name that fell out of fashion.
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