• v. To shorten.

  • adj. Concise.

Example Sentences

  • “The yeshiva was mekatzer the zman to let the bochrim go to summer camp.” (Weiser)

  • “Although the sefer is very mekatzer, its message is powerful.” (Weiser)

  • "Avram – just to clarify (i know i write long posts…i never was good at being mekatzer), i never said that love isn’t important or that one should remain miserable in a loveless marriage." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y מקצר זײַן mekatser 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 mekatser, mekatzer, mekatser

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