gurnisht

Alternative Spellings

gornisht

Definitions

  • "nothing, zilch, zero" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "That guy knows gornisht." -A lady said this to her friend while walking down Pico last week.
  • "Gornisht mit Gornisht" - A whole lot of nothing

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

גאָרני(ש)ט gorni(sh)t 'nothing'

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

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