Alternative Spellings

tayveh, taivos, tayvehs, ta'avah, taivah


  • lust, desire

Example Sentences

  • He went off the derech because he had taivos.
  • I have a taivah for bacon.

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


תאוה, תאווה taavá (Israeli/Sephardic), táyve (Ashkenazic/Yiddish)

Who Uses This

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


Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).


In the singular the word generally comes with an article. The word can also be used in the plural. This makes it different from "lust" in English. Cf. yetzer hara.

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