pisk

Alternative Spellings

pisck, piskl, piskel, piskele, piskele

Definitions

  • mouth, loud-mouth, similar to English slang "trap" for mouth.
  • Colloquialism: an eloquent or garrulous speaker. (Rosten)
  • (vulgar) snout, grimace (Steinmetz)

Example Sentences

  • What a pisk on her.
  • That person is such a pisk! (https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=pisk)
  • Though my pisk is lacking Yiddish, it's familiar to my ear. (http://jewhumor.blogspot.com/2012/07/farshtaist-do-you-understand.html)
  • Famakht dayn pisk [close your mouth]!
  • I heard him lecture. There is a pisk! (Rosten)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

Yiddish פּיסק pisk

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
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)

Notes

"To say that someone has a pisk can mean that he eloquently, brilliantly—or without decorum or restraint... The diminutive, piskel or piskeleh, is often applied admiringly to a child who speaks precociously." (Rosten).

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