• n. Confusion.

  • n. A nuisance, headache.

  • n. Something flattering; a compliment.

Example Sentences

  • “Who needs a kopdreyenish like that?” (NJY)

  • “He had so much kopdreyenish, he didn’t now what he was doing.” (NJY)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • קאָפּ־דרײעניש kop-dreyenish, lit. 'headspinning'

    • 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

      kopdrayenish, kopdreienish, kopdraienish


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