n. A successful person who shows off in a boastful way.
n. Nouveau riche.
"The rabbi came to a rich Jew and asked for a contribution to the poor. The alrightnik refused. 'They are nothing but lazy loafers! Their poverty is their own fault!'" (NJY)
"It is a response both mocking and affectionate, not simple hostility but something much more complicated and knowing: the tenement crowd observing, with mixed amusement and suspicion, the rise of an alrightnik [nouveau riche in Yiddish] to Park Avenue." (source)
Languages of Origin
"alright" as in someone who has done "alright" for themselves + Yiddish suffix "dik"
- 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).
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