golem

Definitions

  • n. "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).

      Alternative Spellings

      goylem, goilem

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