gurnisht

Pronunciations

Gornisht (GOHR-nisht) listen

Definitions

  • n. "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
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      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).

      Alternative Spellings

      gornisht

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