gevaldig (geh-VAHL-dig) listen


  • adj. Tremendous, amazing.

  • adj. "Exceptional or remarkable." (Weiser)

  • adj. "Extraordinary; terrific." (Steinmetz)

Example Sentences

  • "Reb Chayim zatsal, in his later years, gave gevaldike shiurim every Wednesday and Thursday."

  • "There was a gevaltike response to the yeshiva's appeal for money." (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • גװאַלדיק gvaldik 'great, immense' or געוואלטיג gevaltig 'powerful'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      gevaldik, gvaldig, gvaldik, gevaldige, gevaldike, gvaldige, gvaldike, gevaltig, gevaltik, gvaltig, gvaltik, gevaltige, gevaltike, gvaltige, gvaltike

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