• v. To persistently disturb; pester.

  • v. To fiddle with, adjust something.

  • v. To joke around.

  • v. To touch.

  • v. To provoke.

Example Sentences

  • “The annoying new bochur relentlessly chepper the older bochrim by hiding their seforim.” (Weiser)

  • “To get into the kitchen after curfew, the bochrim had to chepper with the lock.” (Weiser)

  • “It looks like my roommate and I are fighting, but we just like to chepper.” (Weiser)

  • "So there is no reason for me to continue to chepper him on it." (source)

  • "Stop tsheping me." (NJY)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • טשעפּרען tshepren

    • Who Uses This

      • 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


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • 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

      tshepper, cheper, tsheper, cheppur, chepur, tshepur, tsheppur, tshepper, cheppeh, chepeh, tsheppeh, tshepeh, chep, tshep, tchep

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