chochmah (KHOKH-muh) listen


  • n. Wisdom.

  • n. A brilliant idea.

  • n. A clever remark.

  • n. (sarcastic) A foolish action.

Example Sentences

  • "What, he solved it? You know, that guy has real chochma." (Glinert)

  • "Merv comes to me with all these chochmes, but they aren't practical." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH חכמה khokhma 'wisdom' > Y חכמה khokhme

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      hochmeh, chochma, hochma, chokhma, hokhma, chochmo, hochmo, chokhmo, hokhmo, chochme, hochme, chokhme, hokhme, hochmah, chokhmah, hokhmah, chochmoh, hochmoh, chokhmoh, hokhmoh, chochmeh, chokhmeh, hokhmeh


  • plural: 'khakhamot' or 'khokhmes'

    See also chacham.

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