Alternative Spellings

hazerai, chazzerai, khazeray, chazerai, chazeray, chazzeray, chazarai, chazaray, khazaray, khazarai, chazzarai, chazzaray, khazzaray, khazzarai


  • treyf (non-kosher) food
  • junk food
  • "Junk, trash" (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • "You're really going to eat that chazerai?"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


Yiddish חזירײַ khazeray 'filth, mess; dirty trick' (from Yiddish/Heb חזיר khazer 'pig')

Who Uses This

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


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


Stress on final syllable.

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