• n. A fool, a clueless person, someone who doesn't know what they're doing.

Example Sentences

Languages of Origin

  • Aramaic


  • Likely from the Chasidish use of the phrase וְיַצְמַח פּוּרְקָנֵהּ וִיקָרֵב מְשִׁיחֵהּ v'yatzmach purkanei vikarev meshichei 'may He (G-d) cause His redemption to flourish and hasten the coming of His mashiach' in the Kaddish.

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      yutzmach, yutsmach, yotsmach, yutzmakh, yotzmakh, yutsmakh, yotsmakh


  • Originally a pejorative term for Chasidim as applied by misnagdim (Eastern European Jews who resisted the rise of Chasidism); 'yutz' may be a shortened form of 'yutzmach' .

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