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n. "Someone without a trade or regular means of livelihood" (Rosten).
n. "An unemployed or lazy man" (Rosten).
n. "A misfit, such as a Talmud student of no promise" (Rosten).
n. "Someone with intellectual pretensions and half-baked ideas" (Rosten).
n. "naive, impractical person" (Steinmetz)
n. "Layabout" (Glinert)
n. "One who consistently wastes time: Bum, FaineÌant" (Weiser).
"That doctor treated me like a batlen and won't tell me a thing!" (Rosten)
"The Talmud says that every Jewish community must contain ten batlonim—that is, ten men who, since they do not work, can devote all their time to prayer and study." (Rosten)
"If you ask me, the whole board should resign—they're a bunch of batlanim." (Glinert)
"They didn't let him stay in the Yeshiva because he was, plain and poshut, a batlan." (Weiser)
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Yiddish בטלן batlen, from Hebrew בטל batel 'nullify'
batlen, botlan, botlen, batlanim, batlonim, batlonem
sg. batlan, pl. batlanim
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