Definitions

  • n. Pride; arrogance; obnoxiousness.

Example Sentences

  • "You've become a real bal gayve since getting your PhD!"

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • גאווה

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      ge'ava, ge'avah, ge'a'vah

Notes

  • "Bal gayve" (בעל־גאווה) is a haughty person, somebody who possesses a lot of gayve.

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