orel

Alternative Spellings

orl, oyrl, oyrel

Definitions

  • A goy (contemptuous, pejorative).

Example Sentences

  • The orel is meyvn-kol-diber ("the orel understands everything we're saying"), so don't daber ("speak") too loud.

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

Yiddish ערל orl, meaning non-Jew (pejorative), which comes from the Hebrew ערל orl, uncircumcised person.

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

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