n. Greatness, superiority; conceit.
adj. Tremendous, remarkable.
"True gadlus never wavers. A legacy of greatness lives on forever!" (source)
“I bought the fanciest model, but I don't see its gadlus." (Weiser)
“It's gadlus to finish Shas by the age of 20.” (Weiser)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
גדלות gadles 'pride, arrogance, vanity'
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- 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).
Who Uses This
Though its use is negative in Yiddish, it can be either positive or negative in English.
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