draykop (DRAY-kuhp)


  • n. A nutty, illogical person; a scatterbrain.

  • n. A nuisance, pest.

  • n. A schemer.

Example Sentences

  • "If he was lucky he'd bring fish, and those who were already a dreykop would sometimes bring a calf as well." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • דרײקאָפּ dreykop

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      draikop, dreikop, dreykop, draykopf


  • Appears in the English expression "don’t dray your cup,” meaning don’t worry about it.

    See also kopdreyenish and drey a kop.

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