hefker

Pronunciations

hefker (HEHF-kehr) listen

Definitions

  • adj. ownerless

  • adj. Running wild, undisciplined.

Example Sentences

  • "All of the stuff that's hefker in our kitchen is on that table so that everyone knows they can eat it."

  • "What I could see was benchloads of babysitters shmoozing with each other and the kids running around hefker." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • הפֿקר

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

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

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