tatala

Alternative Spellings

tateleh, tatale, tattale, tattaleh, tattele

Definitions

  • "'Little papa.' A term of endearment for a little boy. Old-fashioned usage." (Eisenberg)

Example Sentences

  • "Come here, tatele! What a shayne punim!"

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

טאַטעלע tatale, diminutive of 'father'

Who Uses This

Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

See also 'tate'

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