• n. Savings; a nest egg.

Example Sentences

  • "A knipl is a secret stash of cash and a pekl is a bundle or, in current parlance, a go-bag. Together they’re the secret door when the exits are locked, barred, or too frightening to approach." (source)

  • "One person in the group recently described helping her father, a university professor, move to a new apartment a number of years ago, and suddenly discovering a bag of cash. 'What’s this about?' she asked him. 'As a Jew,' he said, 'one always needed a knipl and a pekl for a fast getaway.'" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • קניפּל knipl

    • 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

      knippl, knipel, knippel

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