• n. A complaint, grievance.

  • n. An opinion.

  • v. To voice a complaint.

  • v. To claim, offer an opinion.

Example Sentences

  • “I have a tainah on you for forgetting to return my sefer.” (Weiser)

  • “So what's your tainah on the new carpet in the Beis Medrash.” (Weiser)

  • “I tainahed to the Menahel about the lousy food in yeshiva.” (Weiser)

  • “I tainah we should go vaiter now and ask Rebbe our shaila later.” (Weiser)

  • "But the fact is the Gemara uses the expression Lamos (in Iyov, from the shoresh “nameis”, meaning melt, here meaning a person who shrinks from doing chesed for his neighbor) mei’rei’aihu chesed regarding Ya’akov, which sounds like a tainah for not doing differently." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH טענה > Y טענה tayne

    • 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

      taina, teinah, teina, tayna, taynah

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