• adv. All of a sudden; suddenly.

Example Sentences

  • “Little Benny was watching his mother bake cookies. He stood there for a long time, then said, 'Mama, why don’t you ask me something?' 'What should I ask you, in mitske drinen?' 'You could ask me, "You want a cookie, Benny?"’” (NJY)

  • "When Mom was busy and she was very involved in something, she said she was in mitske derinnen ('in the middle of things')." (Memories of a Vanished Time: A Tribute to My Mother and Father by Robert Blumenfeld)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • אין מיצקע דערינען in mitske derinen

    • 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]).

      Alternative Spellings

      in mitske drinnen, in mitske derinen, in mitske derinnen


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