keppy

Pronunciations

Definitions

  • n. Head, little head (informal, diminutive, often in child-directed speech).

Example Sentences

  • "Lay your keppie down and rest a bit."

  • "Watch your keppy - I'm closing the door."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish
  • English

Etymology

  • Yiddish קאָפּ kop 'head', diminutive forms קעפּל/קעפּעלע képl/képele; diminutive ending replaced with English diminutive -i

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • North America
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      kepi, keppie, keppe

Notes

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