• v. To browse.

  • v. To investigate.

  • v. To examine closely, scrutinize.

Example Sentences

  • “While I was waiting at the store, I was meayen in dozens of seforim.” (Weiser)

  • “I've been meayen in dozens of seforim and can't find any way to justify what you're doing.” (Weiser)

  • “I was meayen in their faces to try to see what they were thinking.” (Weiser)

  • "R Chaim's ikkur madrega was making Torah his one and only focus, and his amala to be meayen all day." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y מעיין זײַן meayen 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

      to be me'ayen

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