agav

Pronunciations

agev (AH-gihv)
agav (ah-GAV)

Definitions

  • adv. "By the way: incidentally" (Weiser).

  • prep. "Subordinate to: along with" (Weiser).

Example Sentences

  • "They learned in together in the afternoon, and, agav, they decided to meet again later that evening." (Weiser)

  • "I learned Hilchos Shabbos agav the sugyos." (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Aramaic
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Aram. עַל גַּב al gav 'on the back of' > Aram. אגב agav 'on the back of' and Heb. אגב / אַגַּב agav 'by the way' > Yid. אַגבֿ 'agev 'incidentally, by the way, in passing'

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      agev

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