tsedreyt

Alternative Spellings

tsedreit, tsedret, tsidreht, tsidret, tsidreit, tsidreyt, zedreht, zedret, zedreit, zedreyt, tzedreht, tzedret, tzedreit, tzedreyt, tsedreht, tzidreyt, tzidreit, tzidret, tzidreht, zidreyt, zidreit, zidret, zidreht, tsedrayte, tsudreyt, tsedrayt

Definitions

  • mixed up, twisted, distorted, turned around

Example Sentences

  • "It took her a moment to understand my tsemisht tsedreyt tsebrokhane Yiddish." (my confused, distorted, broken Yiddish.) (http://www.columbia.edu/~jap2220/Arkhiv/vol05%20(1995-6)/vol05278.txt)
  • "Not only are many of my co- workers a bissel tsedreyt, there’s one in particular who is a complete drey kop." (https://archive.org/stream/v64ottawajewishbulletin19/v64ottawajewishbulletin19_djvu.txt)
  • "You can, quite literally, become tsedreit (it's never too late to learn some Yiddish) yourself, from all the spinning." (http://www.seaweedchronicles.com/seaweed_chronicles/2008/12/this-is-not-your-rabbis-dreidel.html)
  • "I had so much to do on Monday, I completely forgot about picking you up. I can't believe I was so tsedreyt." (Eisenberg)
  • "I can't make heads or tails out of it; it's tsedreyt." (Rosten)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

Yiddish צעדרייט tsedreyt

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

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).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

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