verklempt

Alternative Spellings

farklempt, ferklempt, varklempt, verklemt, farklemt, ferklemt, varklemt, verklemmt

Definitions

  • choked up; speechless; unable to express one's feelings/emotions overly emotional

Example Sentences

  • I'm a little verklempt myself. Give me a second.

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

Yiddish פֿאַרקלעמט farklemt, depressed.

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

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