ess

Pronunciations

Definitions

  • interj. Eat.

Example Sentences

  • Ess, ess already!

  • Ess, mein kind.

  • "Yiddish is the mameloshen — mother tongue — of Jewish mothers, whose watchword is “Ess, ess, mein kind — Eat, eat my child.” So it’s only natural that Yiddish should be the most hospitable of languages." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • עס es 'eat'

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

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

      Alternative Spellings

      es

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