mamaleh (MAH-muh-luh) listen


  • n. Diminutive term of endearment for a young girl.

Example Sentences

  • "Sweet dreams, mameleh, I'll see you in the morning."

  • “When I returned to my apartment, my sofa was gone, with a note from my mother, the chutzpahooder: ‘Mamala, I know on your farshtinkener salary all you can afford is vinyl, which you I think is a leading cause of cancer. So, for you daddy and I ordered the best futon from Target – in rainbow. Enjoy, darling.” (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • מאַמעלע mámele 'little woman'

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      mameleh, mamale, mamele, mamala, mamalah

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