yachna

Alternative Spellings

yachne, yakhne

Definitions

  • a talkative or gossipy woman
  • "a female meddler or busybody" (Steinmetz)

Example Sentences

  • All the old yachnas standing on the corner...

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

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

Regions

Great Britain

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).

Notes

Similar to yenta, which also derives from a Yiddish given name that fell out of fashion.

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