• v. To idle, waste time, hang around.

  • n. A sharp desire, craving.

  • n. A sudden urge.

  • v. To scratch.

Example Sentences

  • “He kratzes so much getting ready to learn that seder is usually over before he sits down.” (Weiser)

  • Yeshiva dinners give me a kratz for home cooking." (Weiser)

  • “The Menahel got a kratz to kansen bochrim for leaving the lights on in the dorm rooms.” (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • קראַצן‏‬ kratsn

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      krats, kratz around, krats around, kratzen, kratsen, kratzen around, kratsen around

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