n. An unemployed or lazy person.
n. A misfit.
n. A naive person.
"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)
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Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Yiddish בטלן batlen, from Hebrew בטל batel 'nullify'
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- 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).
Who Uses This
batlen, botlan, botlen, batlanim, batlonim, batlonem
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