• adj. Requisite, necessary

  • v. (With 'to be') To hinder.

  • n. A requirement, recquisite.

  • n. A hinderance, obstacle.

Example Sentences

  • “It's meakev to have permission before you leave the yeshiva's property." (Weiser)

  • “The way the guy next to me was parked was meakev from getting my car out.” (Weiser)

  • “Being a native-born citizen is an ikuv/meakev to becoming president.” (Weiser)

  • “Right now, the only ikuv/meakev to finishing the building is raising the money.” (Weiser)

  • "Is a bracha me’akev to the mitzvah?" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y מעכּבֿ זײַן meakev zayn

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      ikuv, ikoov

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