• n. A parable, example.

  • interj. (sometimes preceded by 'a') 'Yeah, right'; an expression of disbelief.

Example Sentences

  • "Let me give you a moshl..."

  • "He cited a moshel of a minister who has offended against the King." (source)

  • "A moshl! I don't believe that for a second."

  • "You want to know why it's so hard to be a Jew? Let me tell you a moshl..." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH משל mashál > Y משל moshl

    • 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
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      mashal, mushel, moshel, muhschel


  • See also l'moshel.

    plural: 'meshalim' or 'mesholim'

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