Alternative Spellings

aku"m, akkum, akoom, akkoom


  • A Talmudic term for a heathen.

Example Sentences

  • "The man who works on Shabbat is an Akkum."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


Acronym: עובד כוכבים ומזלות oved kochavim umazzalot 'worshipper of stars and constellations'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


North America


Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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