batlen, botlan, botlen, batlanim, batlonim, batlonem
- "Someone without a trade or regular means of livelihood" (Rosten).
- "An unemployed or lazy man" (Rosten).
- "A misfit, such as a Talmud student of no promise" (Rosten).
- "Someone with intellectual pretensions and half-baked ideas" (Rosten).
- "naive, impractical person" (Steinmetz)
- "Layabout" (Glinert)
- "One who consistently wastes time: Bum, Fainéant" (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 Baltan." (Weiser)
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
Yiddish בטלן batlen, from Hebrew בטל batel 'nullify'
Who Uses This
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
sg. batlan, pl. batlanim
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