hazarai (khah-zuh-RYE) listen


  • n. Filth, mess.

  • n. Junk food; bad food.

  • n. Dirty trick, nasty business.

  • n. Treyf food.

  • n. Obscenity.

Example Sentences

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

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  • “A good deal of contemporary theater strikes me as chozzerai.” (NJY)

  • “That movie was nothing but chozzerai.” (NJY)

  • “I wish he would learn the difference between art and chozzerai.” (NJY)

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
      • South Africa


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

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

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