gey avek

Alternative Spellings

gay avek

Definitions

  • "Go away!"

Example Sentences

  • When Molly gets annoyed at her cats, she tells them to "gey avek!"

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

גײ אַװעק (singular imperative of אַװעקגײן avékgeyn 'to go away, leave')

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

Notes

The Yiddish imperative 'go away!' is גײט אַװעק geyt avek when there is more than one addressee or in formal settings.

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