kal v'chomer

Pronunciations

kal ve-homer (KAL veh HOH-mer) listen
kal vachomer (kal va-CHOH-mer) listen

Definitions

  • adv. By extrapolation we know; all the more so. "with assuredness of mind or action based on an earlier, more restrictive, premise; assuredly; certainly: indubitably." (Weiser)

Example Sentences

  • "If one day with her mother-in-law was too much, kal v'chomer a weekend will be!"

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • קל וחומר

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

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

      Alternative Spellings

      kal vachomer, kal v'homer, kal v'khomer, kal vahomer, kal vakhomer

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