• adv. Probably; presumably.

Example Sentences

  • “He's mistama got enough money to take a short trip; he's been working a while.” (Weiser)

  • “Mistama you can ask him pshat. He learned it last zman.” (Weiser)

  • "Troubled and nervous, she consulted Shem, Noiach’s son, mistama the rosh yeshiva and we are told, also one of the greatest prophets of her time." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Aramaic
  • Yiddish


  • TH מִסְּתָמָא > Y מסתּמא mistame

    • 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

      mistamah, mistome, mistomeh


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