• adj. Versed, acquainted.

  • adj. Famous, familiar.

  • n. Acquaintance.

Example Sentences

  • “That bochur is too bakant with baseball stats to be very serious about his learning.” (Weiser)

  • "Be’etzem, this is not an issue bechlall, except that it’s a shtickel hard for these guys to hock in learning kol kach, because they’re not gantz bakant in the “yeshivishe shprach”, the lingo used by talmidei chachomim throughout the gantze velt." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • באַקאַנט bakant

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • 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

      bakante, bakanter, backante, backant, backanter

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