• n. Less than nothing.

  • n. Something bad.

Example Sentences

  • "We did our best to trace the origin of this, but the shlumpers at our research department came up with gurnisht mit kaduches." (source)

  • "I'll give him a kadoches is what I'll give him!” (source)

  • "... if a rich man is kind, that is good; but if I fall into the hands of a poor man, I eat Kadoches." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • קדחת Heb. kadachat 'fever' > Yid. kadokhes 'fever, next to nothing'

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      kadokhes, kaduches, kadukhes

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