• n. A fanatic, zealot.

Example Sentences

  • “He's such a kanoi for his Rosh Yeshiva that it doesn't even pay to mention what other gedolim have to say about it." (Weiser)

  • "Being a kanoi, really is about talking on additional chumros and what would be seen as extreme practices to come closer to Hashem Yisburach." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH קנאי > Y קנאָי kanoi

    • 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


      • 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


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