golem

Alternative Spellings

goylem, goilem

Definitions

  • "A creature of Jewish medieval folklore, a golem is a figure made into the form of a human and given life." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Early on, the idea developed that the main disability of the golem was its inability to speak."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb גולם golem 'amorphous mass, form', Yiddish גולם goylem 'dummy; fool'

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Yiddishists

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).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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