v. To mumble, speak unclearly.
v. To double-talk, bluff, cheat.
v. To boast.
"He’s not used to speaking in public. I hope he doesn’t fumfeh when he gets up to the podium." (JPS)
"Most people who know Yiddish will fumfeh around and probably give up when asked, ‘How do you say three coins in a fountain?’… 'The answer is very simple: three coins in a fountain = ‘oysgevorfeneh gelt' (wasted money)." (source)
“Don’t let him fonfe on the amount.” (NJY)
Languages of Origin
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- North America
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Who Uses This
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