• n. Cripple.

  • n. Someone who is sickly.

  • n. A clumsy person.

  • n. A stupid ignorant man.

  • n. An inept performer, a singer off-key, a pianist who hits the wrong notes, a waiter who spills the soup.

Example Sentences

  • As a dancer, they are a kalike! (Rosten)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • קאַליקע kalike 'cripple'

    • Who Uses This

      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
      • Russian: Jews with recent Russian-speaking ancestry in Russia


      • Great Britain


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      kolike, kalyike, kolyike, kalika, kolika, kalyika, kolyika, kalikeh, kolikeh, kalyikeh, kolyikeh, kalikah, kolikah, kalyikah, kolyikah


  • to rhyme with 'doll yucca'

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