• n. (as a curse) Cholera; plague.

  • interj. (a kholyere on...) To hell with.

  • n. A mean woman.

Example Sentences

  • “A kholyere should possess him!" (NJY)

  • “A man like that—a kholyere on him!" (NJY)

  • “He is married to a kholyere." (NJY)

  • “That kholyere will drive him to either suicide or murder.” (NJY)

  • "I mean, sure, we've still got that momzer in the White House. Not to mention Cheney, that chazzer. Or the farshimulte meeskite running the State Department. And don't even get me started on Gonzales, that little toochis lecker! A cholyera on all of them, I say!" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • כאָליערע kholiere, lit. 'cholera'

    • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      cholyere, kholyereh, cholyereh, choleria, kholeria, choleriah, kholeriah, choleryeh, cholerye, kholeryeh, kholerye, kholere, cholere, cholerye, kholerye

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